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Continuing our global reading season, we are thrilled to celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s most significant political playwrights, Athol Fugard. A tireless campaigner against the apartheid regime and its brutal legacy, Fugard has written some of the most important plays of the last 50 years. Live is truly honoured to have been granted permission to share his very latest work; a beautiful drama about how art validates life. Inspired by the life of South African artist Nakain Mabuza, the play follows an ageing artist confronting the meaning and legacy of his work against a world that wants to destroy it. A play about art in older age, the importance of protecting unheard stories and a rallying cry for a more just world. Described by the Hollywood Reporter as “ an intimate theatrical gem” this stunning piece of South African drama will be read on Live’s stage by Tyrone Huggins, Kema Kay and Jess Johnson.

A very rare chance to experience the words of one of the towering figures in world theatre in our intimate Quayside location.


Photograph of Tyrone Huggins looking to camera

Tyrone Huggins

Tyrone Huggins co-founded the influential experimental company Impact Theatre Cooperative. An actor with more than ninety stage productions to his credit as well as many screen and radio appearances he is a playwright of seventeen stage plays including ‘Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie’, ‘The Carver Chair’, ‘Sounds…In Session’, ‘The Honey Man’ and ‘Emigrating Home’. He has worked with many theatre companies including Women & Theatre, Talking Birds, Forced Entertainment, Eclipse Theatre, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Improbable, People Show, Northern Stage and has toured to many small and large-scale theatres in the UK and abroad. He appeared in the first ever Birmingham Youth Theatre production ‘The Fire King’ in 1972; has directed many youth theatre, amateur and professional productions. TV credits include: ‘Run Fat Boy Run’; ‘Seaview’; ‘Small-Axe’: ‘Mangrove’; ‘Death In Paradise’. Radio includes ‘Amsterdam’; ‘The Archers’; ‘Diary Of Adam & Eve’.
Tyrone is an Associate Artist of The Rep, Geraldine Connor Foundation and Forced Entertainment. He has served thirteen years on the boards of Phoenix Dance Company (Chair 1997-2001); Birmingham Repertory Theatre (1997-2005); West Midlands Regional Arts Council England (2002-2008); West Midlands Regional and National Chair of Sustained Theatre (2005-2013); Friction Arts (2017-2022); Belgrade Theatre (2021 to present).

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Jessica Johnson

Jessica’s theatre credits include: 'Love It If We Beat Them' (Live Theatre), 'Educating Rita' (Number 1 UK tour), 'TWO' (Gala Theatre), Goth Weekend (Stephen Joseph Theatre/Live Theatre), 'Call Me Mary Poppins' (Live Theatre), 'Kings and Queens' (Live Theatre), 'Key Change' (Edinburgh Festival/UK Tour/New York Theatre Workshop), 'Each Piece' (Live Theatre), 'The Fighting Bradfords' (Gala Theatre), 'Anti-Gravity' (Live Theatre), 'Make Do And Mend' (UK and Europe Tour), 'The Rooms' (Alphabetti Theatre), 'Frank Sumatra' (Queens Hall/Alphabetti), 'The Fifteen Streets' (The Customs House), 'The Space Between Us' (Regional Tour), 'An Age' (Northern Stage), 'Blue Giro' (Regional Tour/Live Theatre), 'In My Shoes' (Regional Tour), 'Wasted' (ARC Theatre), 'East' (The Customs House) 'Christmas Carol' (Northern Stage), 'Tattercoats' (Northern Stage) and 'The Sorcerers Apprentice' (Northern Stage). Television credits include 'Danny and Mick' (CBBC), 'Coronation Street' (ITV), 'Hospital People' (BBC), 'Wire In The Blood' (ITV) and 'The Hunt for Raoul Moat'.

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Kema Sikazwe

Also known as Kema Kay Kema was brought up in the West-End of Newcastle. As a teenager, Kema had a passion for rap, singing, and songwriting which he developed in a local youth project. It wasn’t until his early 20s that he got interested in acting and he went on to land a main role in BAFTA, BIFA Palme D’Or award-winning film ‘I Daniel Blake’ and an appearance in 2016's ‘Lady Macbeth’. He became an associate artist at Live Theatre which led to writing and performing his debut show ‘Shine’ which received a 4-star review in the Herald and The Guardian. ‘Shine’ is now being made into a TV musical Drama. He presented a three-part radio documentary series called ‘Finders Keepers’ for BBC World Service about the looting and return of ancient artifacts.
When not on stage, TV screen, or radio he runs a studio where he gives opportunities to young people to record. He also delivers songwriting workshops in schools, youth projects and the community, to teach others how to use music as an outlet to express their emotions and build their confidence through songwriting, singing and rap.

The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek (reading)

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund