STORYTELLER supreme, Gcina Mhlope, is presenting her stunning one-woman show, My Travelling Bag, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban on Monday, August 10 at 2 pm and 6.30 pm.
I was lucky enough to see the show at the Catalina Theatre during this year’s Musho Theatre Festival and I can highly recommend it.
Asked to share what My Travelling Bag is all about, Mhlope says: “From a very young age I got to travel all over my home province, KwaZulu-Natal. From my hometown, Hammarsdale, to Port Shepstone, to Dundee, to Nongoma, it all seemed like such faraway places. I thought I was the most widely young person ever. It felt great!
“But my beloved grandmother, Gogo, sounded a word of warning: “There is a bigger world out there”. Those were wise words indeed. How very prophetic too.
“In the past 33 years I have been blessed to travel the length and breadth of this amazing world. The number of suitcases I have bought, the stamps in my passports, amazing friendships. Oh the amazing experiences the countless the mementos and memories that fill my head like an enchanted African forest.
“The amazing theatres, long hours at international airports, delayed flights, the many cultures and frustrating times filled with fear and homesickness.
“But nothing can top the joy of sharing the stories of my people on world stages, the magical universality of these stories, proving once and for all that people are more alike than different.
“In my travelling bag there are all the 33 years of international travelling. But they can only be told and shared, one bowl at a time.”
Tickets for the show are R120 (R100 pensioners) at Computicket.
The venue opens 90 minutes before the show for a picnic meal. Bring food picnic baskets but no drinks. There is a cash bar.
Limited secure parking is available Inquiries: Roland at 082 499 8636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org