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Friday, January 16, 2015


(Gina Mhlophe)

Gcina Mhlope’s show ends with a deeply meaningful message of hope for South Africa and its people. (Review by Keith Millar)

The Musho! Festival, Durban’s popular annual showcase of one and two hander productions, which is taking place at the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf this week, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, artists and productions which have been audience favourites over the past ten years have been invited to take part in the five day festival in what is effectively a “best of” compilation.

No better artist could have been invited to open the festival on Wednesday night than South Africa’s iconic storyteller, the wonderful and inspirational Gina Mhlophe.

Mhlophe is an internationally renowned activist, actor, storyteller poet, playwright, director, and educator. During her lifetime she has travelled to many parts of the world entertaining and educating countless numbers of people.

It is these experiences that she relates to the audience in her marvellous production My Travelling Bag. With fabulous wit, immense charm and more than a little wisdom she regales her audience with tales which range from her first trip to England when she was still a nervous young lady through to her experiences across Europe, in America and Canada, and far-flung lands such as Iceland and Columbia.

Her stories are told with self-deprecating humour and with wonderful insight into the places she has visited and the people she has met. She radiates joy and amazement when talking of the many great events she has been involved in and of the countless unusual experiences she has had.

Her show ends with a deeply meaningful message of hope for South Africa and its people.

To say that she held her audience – including many of Durban’s theatre and entertainment luminaries - in the palm of her hand is an understatement. They sat transfixed by her every word. Her show run longer than advertised but there were no complaints. In fact, I felt sure everyone wanted her to keep going on and on. One cannot help but feel honoured to have been entertained by this national treasure.

Tickets R50. (R30 students, OAP and PANSA members) booked via Computicket or by phoning 031 837 5999. For the Musho! Festival programme visit

The Musho! Festival is presented by PANSA with support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund as well as Ethekwini Municipality, the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, The Daily News, BASA, the Catalina Theatre and The Twist Theatre Development Projects. . – Keith Millar