An Inspirational True Story
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.
WARNING: Strobe lights are used in this production.
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'This really is a fine piece of theatre—and he's a damned good performer!' British Theatre Guide
'Kema held the Live Theatre audience in the palm of his hand for the entire 70 minute show' North East Theatre Guide
'It’s impossible to resist Sikazwe’s warmth and positivity. In uncertain times like these, to find light in darkness is a message of inspiration that we all need.' Exeunt Magazine
'Sharply observed cross-cultural coming-of-age story elevated by a charismatic performance' The Stage
Kema Kay, also known as Kema Sikazwe, was brought up in the West End of Newcastle. He came from a musical background with passion for rap, singing and songwriting which he developed in a local youth project, where he spent most of his time as a teen.
It wasn’t until his early 20s he got interested in acting where he went on to land a main role in BAFTA, BIFA Palme D’or award winning film I Daniel Blake and Lady Macbeth. This led to an interest with major agencies across the UK