Kema's story from stage to screen

Published: 27 January 2023
Reporter: David Upton

The story of a young man’s difficult upbringing on Tyneside after leaving his home in Zambia, Shine, is being developed into a contemporary TV musical drama after receiving rave reviews when it played at Newcastle’s Live Theatre last year.

A collaboration between Newcastle production company Scattered Pictures and Bristol-based Seven Seas Films is working with Kema to bring the play to life on the small screen.

He is currently working on the TV script for the new production. The story illustrates how his family started to make a new life in new surroundings in a place where their culture didn’t always fit.