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Tuesday, August 4, 2015


(Gcina Mhlophe)

Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban presents a Woman’s Day special production with My Travelling Bag, by Gcina Mhlophe. In it, she reflects on 33 years of suitcases bought, stamps in her passports, friendships, missed flights, mementos and memories.

“From a very young age I got to travel all over my home province, KZN,” says Mhlophe. “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 travelled 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.”

My Travelling Bag has two performances on Woman’s Day (August 10) – at 14h00 and 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R120 (R100 pensioners). Bring food picnic baskets. Braais and a cash bar are available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking available. Booking is essential through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or e-mail: or visit