The Suitcase returns to the Market Theatre

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’s from the short story be Es’kia Mphahlele returns to the Market Theatre. The production played in Hull, Lancaster, Newcastle, Liverpool and Derby. Esteemed guests who saw the production in the UK include the former Head of the UN, Kofi Annan, accompanied by his wife.

THE SUITCASE features an all-star cast of Masasa Mbangeni, Siyabonga Thwala, Desmond Dube and Nokukhanya Dlamini. The six-week season in the John Kani Theatre will give theatre-lovers the same proudly-Mzansi experience that made UK audiences give it rousing standing ovations and glowing accolades.

Adapted from Es’kia Mphahlele’s short story set in the 1950’s, THE SUITCASE is an enthralling 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.

James Ngcobo’s revival and re-imagination of his 2006 hit play will include original music by Bheki Khoza to add an exciting new dimension to the much-loved classic. Ngcobo’s production is evocative, visual and moving. It encompasses African storytelling and lyrical music. He mines the enormous theatrical potential of this poignant and emotive story.

Ngcobo is a multi-award-winning director and actor. He has a long history with brokering meaningful partnerships with international theatres. Last year Ngcobo brought the Market Theatre and Royal Court Theatre together and produced I See You which received the Best Production Award at this year’s Naledi Theatre Awards.

About the author

Peter Feldman

Peter has been a journalist and arts critic for almost 50 years and served on The Star in various capacities for 35 years, ending up as a specialist writer on films, music and theatre. During that time he travelled extensively on assignments and interviewed many international film and pop stars, both in South Africa and overseas. He also covered some of South Africa's biggest film and musical events. He was one of only two South African journalists to be invited by Steven Spielberg to the Hook film junket in LA in 1991 where he interviewed the famous director as well as Dustin Hoffman and the late Robin Williams. He attended the gala James Bond premiere in London in 1981 and did an iconic interview in a Rolls Royce with Roger Moore who played Bond. He spent a week touring England with Queen prior to their Sun City visit in 1983, interviewed a host of international stars on films sets in Hollywood and London and was the first local journalist to nail an interview with The Rolling Stones prior to their SA visit in 1995.
He is active in the freelance field and his work has appeared in a variety of South African newspapers and magazines. He has also worked on TV and radio (ChaiFM 101.9) in his specialist capacity. Over the years Feldman has been the recipient of several awards for his contribution to music journalism and the SA record industry. He is a recent recipient of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz award in recognition for his long standing journalistic support for the arts. He wrote lyrics for some top artists, including Sipho Mabuse, and had a hit disco single, "Video Games," which was released in 1988. He coined the phrase "Local is Lekker" which he used in his columns in The Star Tonight and broadcast in the 70s on David Gresham's popular afternoon show on Springbok Radio.

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