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Tree (Susan Elkin reviews)

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

It begins and ends with a party – a deafeningly, bone-shakingly loud  South African all-shouting, all-dancing immersive gig. The 90 minutes in between present the story of one, rather complicated family as means of exploring recent history.

This isn’t musical theatre in the usual sense of the term. It’s a show which uses haunting music and evocative singing (by Michael ‘Mikey J’Asante) along with physical theatre to tell a powerful story.

With the Young Vic auditorium configured more or less in the round and most of the audience standing nearby, there is a sense of everyone in the room being part of the events unfolding.

Kaelo (Alfred Enoch – good) is …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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