Elba worked for the piece, together with Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of Young Vic. Elba and Kwei-Armah found each other when they are analysed in South Africa and are both ’personal moments of healing’ experienced, said the actor told the BBC. “That we are together going to explore.”
The result is Tree, about the South Africa that Mandela left behind. The in 2013 death antiapartheidsstrijder and politician, was from 1994 to 1999, president of the country. “What interests me is the next part of the story: the new universe that emerged after Mandela”, says Idris on the play.
For the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom out of 2013 crept Idris in the skin of Mandela, but that he is this time not going. Those who do are in the play, is not yet known.