The Suitcase

The Market Theatre, Johannesburg
Plays and Drama
Wednesday 20 September 2017 - Saturday 23 September 2017
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"Sharply detailed performances, full of humour and deep humanity"
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"Beautifully played"
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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. 

The Suitcase

Learning Activities 

Pre-Show Symposium and Masterclass: Thursday 21 September, 5:30-6:30pm

James Ngcobo is an internationally recognised theatre director and actor, leading Market Theatre for the past four years to stage politcal, celebratory and ground-breaking theatre. Join James and the company for an intimate discussion and masterclass in directing and exploring text for performance and enjoyment.

Book your place by calling Box Office on 01332 59 39 39.

Post-Show Discussion: Thursday 21 September

Meet the company on stage after the performance to chat to them about their work. 

Adapted & Directed by James Ngcobo
Short Story by Es'kia Mphahlele
Featuring Live Music composed and written by Hugh Masekela