The Suitcase

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Event details

  • Wed 27 September - Fri 29 September
  • 7.30pm
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

Presented by The Market Theatre, Johannesburg 

Adapted and Directed by James Ngcobo from a short story by Es’kia Mphahlele | Music by Hugh Masekela

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.

This production, touring from South Africa, is evocative, visual and moving – encompassing African storytelling and live, lyrical music at its very best.

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

“It’s pure theatre at its best” The Star Tonight Review (South Africa)

In partnership with Hull Truck Theatre, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, The Dukes Lancaster, and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Schools: Primary and Secondary workshops are available. Click here for more details.

Post Show Talk-Back: There will be a post-show talk back after the performance on Wed 27 September.

Age: 12+

Tickets Wed – Thu Fri
Section A & C £15.50 £17.50
Section B £17.50 £19.50

Concessions: Concessions receive £2 off.

Friends of the Dukes: Friends of the Dukes receive an extra £1 off.

Schools: £12.50.One teacher free with every ten pupils.

Under 26: £5 tickets – limited availability, excluding Friday.


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Production Images

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