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The Market Theatre, Johannesburg in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, The Dukes Lancaster, and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Adapted and directed by James Ngcobo from a short story by Es’kia Mphahlele
Featuring live music composed and written by Hugh Masekela

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.

The production – evocative, visual and moving – encompasses African storytelling and lyrical music at its very best. Hugh Masekela, legendary South African musician, has written the perfect soundtrack to this powerful piece. 

 “Once you’ve seen this production once you just have to go and see it again” Time Out

Running time: 1hr 20mins (no interval)

Post-show discussion: Thu 14 Sep

Pre-show talk: Fri 15 Sep with James Ngcobo

Education workshops available. Please contact Philippa Crossman at pcrossman@northernstage.co.uk to arrange

Part of Freedom City 2017 – a city-wide programme marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

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