Good dog, which premieres at the Watford Palace Theatre next month, delicately discerns Britain’s multicultural communities and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.
The theatre production questions whether or not, in the end, does everyone who’s good gets what they deserve?
Through the monologue of a 13-year-old boy Arinzé Kene, the writer of good dog, who starred in Channel 4’s Crazyhead, Youngers and BBC’s EastEnders, tells of community, growing up in a diverse area unified by class and survival and what happens when you lose faith in being good.
Arinzé's initial inspiration for good dog stemmed from a desire to imagine what drove his friends and community to riot in the summer of 2011, in London and beyond.
Through the story he examines themes like social decay, institutional racism, drug abuse and bullying. He seeks to give a voice to those obscured within the propaganda storm while prejudiced voices are amplified.
It is directed by tiata fahodzi’s artistic director Natalie Ibu who says: “Arinzé’s play is an astonishing love letter to the people and places that leave their mark on your life and a troubling thesis about what happens when you are unseen and unheard.
“At tiata fahodzi we pride ourselves in seeking out stories that see those who sit outside the singular narrative. We refuse to oversimplify the African diaspora and, instead, relish the complexity. We want to multiply the narratives – about ourselves and each other – and debate the mixed experience of Britain today and tomorrow.”
Arinzé Kene is a British Nigerian stage writer and actor. Credits include Misty (Bush Theatre); God’s Property (Soho Theatre); Little Baby Jesus and Estate Walls (Ovalhouse Theatre); and screen feature films Seekers and Cure.
Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ, February 14 to 18. Details: 01923 235455