9 Suitcases


Nine Suitcases by Béla Zsolt;
translated by Ladislaus Löb
Adapted for the stage and performed by David Prince
Original music composed and performed by Bethan Morgan
Directed by Lynn Hunter
Costume supplied by Jess Keeler

Book Tickets :

Friday 22nd July

Saturday 23rd July

Nine Suitcases started off as a production for Welsh Fargo’s On the Edge series, performed at Chapter, Cardiff and at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, in March 2011. That same year we had the opportunity of taking Nine Suitcases to the Edinburgh Fringe, where the production received two 5-star reviews; and, crucially, was seen by ACW staff, who advised us to apply for project funding. Our application was successful, enabling the company to tour small-scale theatre venues across Wales (2011/12); and to take the production to the Hungarian Cultural Centre, Covent Garden and to the New North London Synagogue. The success of this tour cemented commitment within Mercury Theatre Wales, leading to its becoming a permanently established company.

9 Suitcases No caption 1Béla Zsolt was an anti-establishment Hungarian-Jewish author and journalist. Labelled ‘decadent’ by his enemies, his output included poetry, countless articles and seven novels. The protagonist in Nine Suitcases is a thinly disguised version of Zsolt himself. He presents us with a minimally fictionalised account of his own experience as a Hungarian Jew suffering Nazi and Hungarian Fascist persecution during WWII. Incarcerated in a Jewish ghetto in 1944, he became involved in an audacious but unlikely plan to escape deportation to Auschwitz …


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