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Stage Editorial

shinemar19.jpg Look who’s getting ready to Shine

Local polymath Kema Kay is making his stage debut in ‘Shine’ which is having its world premiere at Live Theatre in early May.

Is there nothing Kema Kay can’t do? The rising star is a rapper, singer and Live Theatre Associate Artist. He also has credits as an actor in two of the most critically lauded films of recent years: Ken Loaches’ ‘I, Daniel Blake’, where he starred alongside Dave Johns, and ‘Lady Macbeth’, which was shot in Durham. His real name is actually Kema Sikazwe, and his powerful stage debut will be a bittersweet coming of age story with an electrifying live soundtrack and heartfelt words. The gist? 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. The production is about growing up in a world that doesn’t always accept you, but also about gaining self-belief, trusting your head, your heart and chasing those dreams. The music is always present, you just have to hear it.

Shine, Thursday 2-Saturday 11 May, Live Theatre, Newcastle, 7.30pm (2pm mats. 4, 9, 11 May), £10-£14 (concs from £6). live.org.uk