good dog by Arinzé Kene prepares to embark on its second national tour from January 2019.


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. Directed by tiata fahodzi’s artistic director Natalie Ibu, good dog is a true epic spanning multiple characters, families and years.


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, good dog tells the story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control. When prejudiced voices are amplified, the arts must remind us of the humans obscured within the propaganda storm.


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.


This richly imagined, political and personal piece of theatre introduces an overlapping network of multi-faceted characters and stories that explore significant issues for today such as social decay, institutional racism, drug abuse and bullying.


Natalie Ibu comments, "It’s a real thrill to be able to bring back Arinzé’s play - an astonishing love letter to the people and places that leave their mark on your life - and tour it to more places, meeting more people. In the wake of the Brexit vote, it was a troubling thesis about what happens when you are unseen and unheard, and this only gets louder as time goes on."


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good dog Tour Dates


31 January – 2 February

Watford Palace Theatre, Watford


5 February

The Quarry Theatre, Bedford


7 – 8 February

Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield


9 February

Northern Stage, Newcastle


12 – 13 February

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough


14 – 16 February

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

23 February
Creative Foundation, Folkestone

26 – 27 February

Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes

28 February
RADA, London
5 March
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge
6 – 9 March
Birmingham Rep Theatre, Birmingham 
11 – 12 March
The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
13 March
E.M. Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
14 – 16 March
Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
20 – 23 March
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London

good dog is a co-production with tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre.


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