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Idris Elba co-writes a play on life in South Africa after Mandela

British Award-winning actor Idris Elba has co-written a stageplay title “Tree” about life in South Africa after Nelson Mandela.

The stageplay is set to premiere in Manchester, England next year. The ‘Beasts of No Nation’ star has written “Tree” with fellow British actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, the new artistic director of London’s Young Vic theatre.

Born Idrissa Akuna Elba, this father of two played the late South African president in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which was made from the 1994 autobiography of Mandela with the same title.
“Tree” will combine drama with music, dance, and film, and will be part of the 2019 Manchester International Festival.

Elba said he and Kwei-Armah had “both experienced personal moments of healing connected with the country and we’re starting to explore that together”. “For me, an interesting part of the process is looking at the next part of the story; the new universe that sprung up after Mandela,” he continued.

Madiba was President of South Africa from 1994-1999 after fighting against apartheid and died in 2013.
However, Elba won’t appear in the show, which is also inspired by the 2014 album Mi Mandela, which saw the actor bring together British and South African musicians.

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old screen star is also reported to have joined the filming of scenes on the streets of Glasgow, Scotland for the new Fast and Furious spin off movie called Hobbs and Shaw set to premiere in 2019.

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