On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to James Ngcobo about Es’kia Mphahlele‘s The Suitcase.
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.
Listen to Renos’ interview with James Ngcobo here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am