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Shine @ Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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.

WARNING: Strobe lights are used in this production.

Shine @ The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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