Shouting it from the treetops

2010-09-20 00:00

Review: Man Up A Tree

ELLIS Pearson’s latest theatrical offering Man Up A Tree is a delight to watch and will leave you determined to plant a tree.

The message is that mankind cannot afford to ignore Mother Nature in its endless quest for development. If we do, we will suffer the consequences.

Pearson plays an old African villager who climbs his favourite tree to stop developers from cutting it down and building houses.

His tree and those around it are the last ones in the area and he warns the induna (one of several roles played by Loyiso MacDonald) that they will suffer great hardship if the development goes ahead.

When he is finally forced to leave his tree, everything he has said comes true.

All the new pipes, taps and houses are destroyed in a terrible storm.

Then the old man returns to the village with saplings and encourages everyone to plant them.

Man Up A Tree is funny, makes extremely innovative use of props (in particular an inflatable Earth which captivated the younger members of the audience) and has a strong underlying message. Great theatre.

• The free performances were supported by the Wildlands Conservation Trust and the audience was encouraged to learn more about their tree-growing project, Indigenous Tree For Life.

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