Rapper and rising star Kema Sikazwe’s highly acclaimed debut production Shine has been updated with new songs and content for 2021 and is returning to Live Theatre as part of their reopening autumn season, Back to Live.
Written by Sikazwe, with a collection of songs composed especially for the show, Shine is a bittersweet exploration of growing up in a world that doesn’t always accept you.
Shine by Kema Sikazwe is at Live Theatre Thursday 2nd – Saturday 18th September, 2021. Tickets are on sale here.
Shine is returning for a run at Live Theatre, what can you tell us about the show?
It’s something everyone will be able to find some form of connection with. It explores universal themes – growing up, finding yourself, trying to figure it out. It’s told through my own journey and music to keep it energetic.
What changes have you made since the original production in 2019?
New songs, refined the script and adapted the ending.
Why was it important to you that this new version premiered in Newcastle?
Because the story is mainly based in Newcastle so nowhere else would be more prefect.
How has it been to translate your personal experiences into a stage production?
Difficult at times but also a form of strength. I’m really vulnerable and honest in the play and I think that takes courage in itself.
What has it been like working with the creative team; what have you enjoyed most about the experience?
I love it. The whole team is amazing, everyone plays a huge part, and it wouldn’t be what it is without the team.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Shine?
Be prepared to laugh, cry, feel angry but walk away empowered.