good dog by Arinzé Kene
Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school and 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?
good dog – set during the early noughties – tells the story of growing up in a multicultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control. Go back in time and experience the 2000’s through the eyes of Boy and his neighbours; meet Mrs Blackwood, Gandhi, the What-What-Girls, Smoking Boys, Trevor Senior and Old Man Boateng.
Written by Arinzé Kene, from Netflix’s Crazyhead, BBC 1’s Eastenders and Channel 4’s Youngers.
Produced by tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre.
cast and creatives
Actor Anton Cross
Director Natalie Ibu
Designer Amelia Jane Hankin
Lighting designer Zoe Spurr
Sound designer and composer Helen Skiera
14 – 18 February 2017: Watford Palace Theatre
21 February 2017: Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
22 – 23 February 2017: The Lowry, Salford Quays
24 February 2017: Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
25 February 2017: Cornerstone Arts, Didcot
1 March 2017: Live Theatre, Newscastle
4 March 2017: mac birmingham
6 – 11 March 2017: The Albany, London
‘Funny and moving… play and performance are both completely compelling.’ British Theatre Guide
‘Infused with an exhilarating urgency, with sparks of gentle humour… compellingly vital theatre.’ ★★★★ The Stage
‘Kene balances humour and tragedy with enormous skill, but, when he unites his story with real-life events, his play bites like a Rottweiler.’ ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub
tiata fahodzi is a company for Britain today and the Britain of tomorrow.