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Tuesday, July 3, 2018


(Gcina Mhlophe)

South African theatre icon, Gcina Mhlophe, will share her storytelling with audiences at Rhumbelow Tina’s Hotel in July.

“Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 years old on July 18. At Rhumbelow Theatre, we thought it apt to invite Gcina Mhlophe, well-known South African anti-apartheid activist, actress, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author to come and share her delightful storytelling with you, our patrons,” says Rhumbelow director Roland Stansell.

Gcina Mhlophe explains her life journey: “From a very young age I got to travel all over my home province, KZN. 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 mementoes 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.

Performances of My Travelling Bag take place from July 18 to 20 at 20h00 with a further show on July 22 at 14h00.

There will be schools performances on July 21 (tickets R100 pp) at 10h00 and 16h00. The 13h00 show is already sold out)

(The theatre venue opens 60 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners) and tables seat 6. (No alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises). Tickets are cash or EFT only. Secure parking is available. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 20 or more) on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof.

(Should you wish to dine before the show at Tina’s, it is recommended that you arrive no later than 90 min before show-time for the restaurant. An a-la-carte menu is available and the Sunday buffet is R135 per head (R110 pensioners). Booking is essential as seating is limited. Payment for restaurant is cash, credit card or zapper. Contact 031 764 7843 or visit Please indicate that you are a theatre booking when making your reservation.)