good dog by Arinzé Kene, watford palace theatre
Following its acclaimed premiere in spring 2017, good dog by Arinzé Kene Netflix’s Crazyhead; BBC’s EastEnders; Channel 4’s Youngers; Girl From the North Country, West End; Misty, (Bush Theatre and West End) prepares to embark on its second national tour from January 2019.
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. Because in the end, everyone who’s good gets what they deserve. Don’t they?
Set during the early noughties, Kene’s fearlessly-told play stemmed from a desire to imagine what drove his friends and community to riot in the summer of 2011, in London and beyond.
The inspiration for Kene’s delicately observed and fearlessly-told play stemmed from a desire to imagine what drove his friends and community to riot in the summer of 2011 – in London and beyond – but it has become a chronicle of a community struggling to survive and fighting back.
Directed by tiata fahodzi’s artistic director Natalie Ibu, good dog is a chronicle of a multi-cultural community struggling to survive and fighting back, with stories that explore significant issues such as social decay, institutional racism, drug abuse and bullying. #goodtiata
Playwright - Arinzé Kene
Director - Natalie Ibu
Designer - Amelia Jane Hankin
Lighting Designer- Zoe Spurr
Sound Designer - Helen Skiera
Associate Director - Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Associate Lighting Designer - Chris May
Producer tiata fahodzi and Tara Finney Productions, in association with Watford Palace Theatre
- Thurs 31st Jan – Sat 2nd Feb Watford Palace Theatre, Watford | watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk
- Tues 5th Feb The Quarry, Bedford | www.quarrytheatre.org.uk
- Thurs 7th – Sat 8th Feb Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield | www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
- Sat 9th Feb Northern Stage, Newcastle | www.northernstage.co.uk
- Tues 12th – Wed 13th Feb Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough | www.sjt.uk.com
- Thurs 14th – Sat 16th Feb Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh | www.traverse.co.uk
- Sat 23rd Feb Creative Foundation, Folkestone | www.creativefoundation.org.uk
- Tues 26th – Wed 27th Feb Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes | www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk
- Thurs 28th Feb RADA, London | www.rada.ac.uk
- Tues 5th March Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells | www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
- Wed 6th – Sat 9th March The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham | www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
- Mon 11th – Tues 12th March The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford | www.thenorthwall.com
- Wed 13th March E.M. Forster Theatre, Tonbridge | www.emftheatre.com
- Thurs 14th – Sat 16th March Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury | www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
- Tues 19th – Sat 23rd March Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London | www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk