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These Trees Are Made of Blood

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“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

★★★★★ A wonderful delight ... a powerful, compelling musical satire
★★★★★ An incredibly rewarding experience ... rewarded, on the night of our visit, by a standing ovation
★★★★★ This exceptional political satire will be difficult to forget
—The Upcoming
★★★★ A quite extraordinary piece of theatre ... absolutely compelling to watch
—The Public Reviews
★★★★ A daring, innovative production ... a powerful study of right-wing politics in South America, told with originality and compassion
—Everything Theatre
★★★★ A riveting production
—Morning Star


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


Paul Jenkins


Amy Draper


Darren Clark

Original Story

Amy Draper, Paul Jenkins and Darren Clark


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.


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
Scenes of a sexual nature
Flashing/strobe lights
Suitable for 16+