War, and a nation’s fight for justice, is revealed in These Trees Are Made of Blood, a new play about Argentina’s Dirty War, that will play in The Little at Southwark Playhouse from March 18.
During the ’70s and ’80s, Argentina was locked in a period of state terrorism, with a military dictatorship waging war on suspected left-wing political sympathizers.
Thousands of citizens were disappeared; seized by the authorities and never heard from again.
Set in a timeless Buenos Aires cabaret club before, during and after Argentina’s Dirty War, These Trees are Made of Blood tells the story of one mother’s search for her daughter, and a nation’s search for answers.
In an immersive production which weaves together theatre, videography, cabaret and original live music, this new piece of political theatre promises to be an unforgettable audience experience.
It is estimated that more than 30,000 people were kidnapped during the military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, with most of the victims never being found.
One of the most prominent action groups became the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who every Thursday since 1977 have peacefully demonstrated in the Plazo de Mayo, the central square near the government palace in Buenos Aires.
With their now iconic white headscarves, the group of mothers have become known around the world for their solidarity, and continuing search for answers.
The cast features Val Jones as Gloria, a Mother in search of her Disappeared daughter, with Charlotte Worthing as her daughter Ana, and Greg Barnett as The General.
The cast also features actor-musicians Anne-Marie Piazza, Eilon Morris and Rachel Dawson, cabaret artist Alexander Luttley and illusionist Neil Kelso.
There will also be an additional cabaret artist at every performance, alternating each night from a collective of cabaret acts, to be announced.
March 24 marks The Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, a public holiday in Argentina to commemorate the victims of the Dirty War.
That evening there will be a post show Q&A at Southwark Playhouse to discuss the legacy of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
These Trees are Made of Blood is written by Paul Jenkins from an original concept by Amy Draper who also directs.
Running from March 18-April 11.