good dog by Arinze Kene (c) Dan-PatrickHipkin
It’s in the window of Sam’s, behind the rusty display. Two wheels, shiny body, handlebars ready to be gripped. Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school or homelife bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his shirt clean. No harsh word, no sudden push to the ground will distract him from growing up to be a good man.
All around him neighbours are waiting. Gandhi’s waiting for the day when customers will be kind; Mrs Blackwood is waiting for him to stop doing someone else’s dirty laundry and notice her; Old Man Boateng’s waiting to get bored of the drink and Trevor Senior’s waiting for when those kids will let him and his son play in peace. For now, though, they tip their hats and look the other way – because in the end, everyone who’s good gets what they deserve. Don’t they?
Set during the early noughties, good dog chronicles growing up in a multicultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control. Because even the most patient among us can’t wait forever.
Delicately observed and fearlessly told by the star of Crazyhead, Eastenders and Youngers, Arinzé Kene (read interview) returns to writing for theatre for the first time since God’s Property (read review) in 2013. Writing credits include Misty (Bush Theatre); God’s Property (Soho Theatre); Little Baby Jesus (read review) and Estate Walls (read interview) (Oval House Theatre) and screen feature films Seekers and Cure; contributor on television series Youngers and Eastenders/E20.
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tiata fahodzi (tee-ah-ta fa-hoon-zi) – is a theatre company for Britain today and the Britain of tomorrow. Our mission is to make world class theatre that illuminates the mixed and multiple experience of the African diaspora in Britain today. Our work starts with the contemporary British African experience but reaches beyond to ask us all, what does it mean to be a contemporary Briton, now? Past productions include bricks and pieces, i know all the secrets in my world and belong.