A Live Theatre Production
Script, music and lyrics written and performed by Kema Sikazwe
Directed by Graeme Thompson
Designed by Emma Bailey
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), who performs under the name Kema Kay, makes his powerful stage debut mixing a bittersweet coming of age story with an electrifying live soundtrack and heartfelt words.
Who Are We? Original recording by Kema Kay from the show Shine
Cast & Creative Team
Kema Sikazwe Writer & Performer
Kema is an actor, rapper, singer and was selected as a Live Theatre Associate Artist in 2017. He scratched an extract of Shine in Elevator Festival Scratch Night in 2018 and is looking forward to debuting his first full show at Live Theatre and Traverse Theatre.
Kema was Daniel Blake’s neighbour China, in Ken Loach’s award-winning film I, Daniel Blake (Sixteen Pictures and BBC Films) he has since appeared in the 2017 film version of Lady Macbeth (Sixty Six Pictures).
On TV he has appeared in Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground (both BCC) and Beowulf and Vera (ITV). He also works with young people encouraging them in music, writing and creativity.
Graeme Thompson, Director
Graeme is a director and dramaturg as well as Creative Producer for Live Theatre. For Live Theatre he has directed Shine, Grounded, Home for Christmas, The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes and Red is the New Blue. He has previously directed at Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, The Jack Studio and University of Leeds.