Following a critically acclaimed and sold-out season during a five-week tour of the UK, the Market Theatre’s production, The Suitcase, adapted and directed by James Ngcobo, from the short story, Es’kia Mphahlele, returns to the Market Theatre.
The production played in Hull, Lancaster, Newcastle, Liverpool and Derby. Guests who saw the production in the UK include the former Head of the UN, Kofi Annan, accompanied by his wife. The Suitcase features a cast of Masasa Mbangeni, Siyabonga Thwala, Desmond Dube and Nokukhanya Dlamini.
The Suitcase is a love story about a young couple who, despite family disapproval of their marriage, leave for the city, intending to return wealthy and immune from social censure. The pressures of the city, unemployment and poverty strip away the husband’s self-esteem and he starts to lose his moral compass. He is so desperate to provide for his pregnant wife that he steals a suitcase left on a bus. This action leads to frightening consequences, dramatic turns and unexpected twists.
Ngcobo’s revival and re-imagination of his 2006 hit play includes original music by Bheki Khoza. It encompasses African storytelling and lyrical music. He mines the theatrical potential of this emotive story. Ngcobo is a multi-award-winning director and actor.
Venue: John Kani Theatre, Market Theatre, 138 Lilian Ngoyi (previously Bree) St, Newtown
Time: Tue to Sat 8pm | Sun 3pm
Cost: R90 – R150