The Market Theatre Johannesburg

TheSuitcase

From the Novel by Es’kia Mphahlele

Adapted and Directed by James Ngcobo

Featuring Live Music Composed and Written by Hugh Masekela

 

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The Market Theatre Johannesburg

The Suitcase

From the Novel by Es’kia Mphahlele

Adapted and Directed by James Ngcobo

Featuring Live Music Composed and Written by Hugh Masekela

 

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A MOMENT; A HOPE; A CHOICE

It’s 1950s South Africa. A young newly married couple leave their rural village and disapproving family, for the city of Durban. Their goal to return home, rich and free. 

But, alienated in the city, unemployed and poor, Timi starts to lose his moral compass. Desperate to provide for his pregnant wife he steals a suitcase left on a bus not knowing what might be inside; an act which brings frightening consequences, dramatic twists and unexpected turns.

Based on a true story, The Suitcase, has been nominated in the New Director category in the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for The Rosalie van der Gucht Prize. Director James Ngcobo saw enormous theatrical potential in this poignant and emotive story and so adapted it for stage. The production - evocative, visual and moving - encompasses African storytelling and lyrical music at its very best.

E`skia Mphahlele is among South Africa’s, greatest writers, thinkers and critics. Respected worldwide as a literary luminary, he has published many short stories, essays and novels dealing with issues of race and South Africa’s changing society.

Hugh Masekela, legendary South African musician, has written the perfect soundtrack to this powerful piece.

 

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Dinner & Show Available

 

ACCESS

Touch Tour: Thur 7 Sept, 6.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Thur 7 Sept, 7.30pm

Captioned Performance: Fri 8 Sept, 7.30pm

 

RELATED EVENTS

Discover Day: Sat 9 Sept

Post-Show Q&A: Wed 6 Sept

 

The Suitcase is presented in its UK Premiere by five partner theatres across the North and funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund. Hull Truck Theatre, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, Lancaster Dukes and Liverpool Playhouse are delighted to be bringing this extraordinary production across from South Africa, and to be working so closely with The Market Theatre, which has long been celebrated for the part it played in bringing people together and foregrounding story and human strength during Apartheid.

This tour is a celebration of the lives of cities, communities and artists coming together from across the world.

 

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