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Written and performed by KEMA SIKAZWE  
Directed by GRAEME THOMPSON  
Designed by EMMA BAILEY 

Kema Sikazwe’s ground-breaking debut play returns to Live Theatre. 

‘The music is always present, you just have to hear it.’ 

What makes us who we are? Do the choices in our lives determine who we become? Are we in control of our own story, or is it in our DNA?  

Kema is three years old when his family move from Zambia to Newcastle’s West End. It’s not easy. It starts with a story of new surroundings, about making a new life, and then watching that life fall apart. About growing up in a world that doesn’t always accept you, but gaining self-belief, trusting your head, your heart and always chasing your dreams.  

Actor, rapper, singer, rising star and Live Theatre Associate Artist Kema Sikazwe (I, Daniel Blake), performs a new version of this bittersweet coming of age story with an electrifying live soundtrack and heartfelt words. 

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Shine Reviews 2019

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'The unmitigated joy of seeing Sikazwe telling it how things are is something to be savoured.'

HERALD SCOTLAND

'It’s impossible to resist Sikazwe’s warmth and positivity.'

EXUENT MAGAZINE 

'Undeniably uplifting.'

THE STAGE ​​​​​​​

Audience Reaction (2019)

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