The Suitcase

Date(s) - 14/09/2017 - 16/09/2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Northern Stage Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

Box office contact
0191 230 5151


General pricing info
Tickets on sale from 15 June. From £10 (limited availability so book early)

About The Suitcase

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.

Show times

Thursday 14 September, 6pm 

Friday 15 September, 7.30pm 

Saturday 16 September, 2pm and 7.30pm 

Running time 1hr 20 minutes (no interval) 

The Suitcase is presented in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, Dukes Lancaster, and Playhouse, Liverpool and is funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund. This partnership between these five venues is the first of its kind presenting international work on our stages, making extraordinary work from across the world available to our audiences.