“The show has been like therapy to me…”
WHAT: “Kema’s 3 years old when his family move from Zambia to Newcastle.
It’s a story of new surroundings, about making a new life and then watching that life fall apart. A story about 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), also known as Kema Kay, makes his powerful stage debut mixing a bittersweet coming-of-age story with an electrifying live soundtrack and heartfelt words.”
WHO: Kema Sikazwe, writer & performer
The title of the show, Shine, is named after my name which means ‘one who shines’ in one of the Zambian languages. I hope people join me on this journey of finding out who we are, accepting who we are, and come away inspired to go find their shine! It’s never too late.
This is your life story. How have the people in your life and audiences reacted to its telling?
There are definitely find some parts in the show they can relate but you can never really judge how an audience will respond. There are a lot of questions that are left unanswered and I know people will want to know. The show has been like therapy to me and I just want the audience to keep fighting the good fight of life and find their shine!
What’s the one thing about Zambia that everyone should know?
It’s a beautiful country!
The Newcastle and Gateshead skylines are famous for their bridges. Which is your favourite?
The Millennium Bridge. I love when it lights up!
What’s the one thing you wish you’d known at the start of rehearsals?
I underestimated how emotional it would be. It’s been a real mixture of emotions. In rehearsals, I broke down a few times as I realised how much bottled emotion I’ve had in over the years. Also, I wrongly judged theatre in the beginning, but once I got a taste of it, I was hooked from then onwards. I’ve been a sponge since starting but I’ve learnt so much in a short space of time.