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These Trees Are Made of Blood

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14/06/2017–15/07/2017

“And for our next act …
The Magical Military Junta …
Will make 30,000 people disappear before your very eyes.”

Step into Buenos Aires for this immersive theatrical experience, which pulls back the curtain on a secretive state, and shines the spotlight on a powerful act of resistance.

These Trees are Made of Blood is a political musical cabaret set in the heart of Argentina’s Dirty War.

Spectacular, arresting and totally unique, it follows one mother’s extraordinary quest to take on the authorities and find her ‘disappeared’ daughter.

Following a sold-out premiere in 2015, this reworked production – featuring original live music, magic and movement – lights up the Arcola for four weeks only.


Listen to a taster from the original soundtrack and come inside the Coup Coup Club…

‘The songs and lyrics channel Kurt Weill and Trey Parker – always hilarious and frequently unsettling.’ – The Upcoming

★★★★★ Dark, loud and hot
—London Economic
★★★★★ Spectacular tale expertly woven
—West End Wilma
★★★★ Played with sensational passion, virtuosity and sensitivity...A magnificent, sobering, entertaining indictment that makes you want to cheer and cry with rage at the same time, its relevance is not least in the light of our own recent tragedies, political and civil.
—Woddis Reviews
★★★★ The evening springs to life with real power
—Reviews Gate
A musically rousing evening – with a class band – and never loses sight of how important it is to be alert to the trickery of politicians.
—The Guardian
A necessary piece of theatre… Highly recommended
—Fringe Review
An entertaining satire, a moving and exceptionally bold attempt by Draper to deal with a very difficult subject with sensitivity and humour.
—Latino Life
Boldly conceived and executed with élan
—Broadway World
With cabaret magic, a breathtaking musical score and harrowing portrayals of ‘the Disappeared’, Amy Draper's challenging production both entertains and horrifies
—Camden New Journal

Cast

Rob Castell
Rosalind Ford
Neil Kelso
Alexander Luttley
Eilon Morris
Ellen O'Grady
Anne-Marie Piazza
Josh Sneesby
Charlotte Worthing

Text

Paul Jenkins

Direction

Amy Draper

Composer/Lyricist

Darren Clark

Original Story

Amy Draper, Paul Jenkins and Darren Clark

Design

Georgia Lowe and Alex Berry

Lighting Design

Sherry Coenen

Movement Direction

Chi-San Howard

Sound Design

David Gregory

Illusion Design

Neil Kelso

Costume Supervisor

Hannah Wolfe

Additional Movement and Cabaret Direction

Alexander Luttley

Production Manager

Ben Karakashian

Stage Manager

Katy Munroe-Fairlie


A production by Arcola Theatre. Originally produced by Jim Croxford for Theatre Bench at Southwark Playhouse.

Tickets

Best £22 (£19 conc, £17 previews)
Standard £20 (£17 conc, £15 previews)
Value £16 (£14 conc, £12 previews)
Restricted £12 (£10 previews)

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm.
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.
No performances Sunday.

Preview pricing: 14 - 15 June
Press night: 16 June
Supporters' social: 23 June


Free post-show discussions

Saturday 1 July: Jeannie Theatre Conversations


Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 155 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Strong language
Violence
Scenes of a sexual nature
Smoking
Flashing/strobe lights
Haze
Suitable for 16+