by Arinzé Kene

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 chronicles growing up in a multi-cultural 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 returns to writing for theatre for the first time since God’s Property in 2013.


good dog premiered at Watford Palace Theatre on Tues 14 February before embarking on a national tour in February - March 2017.

Cast & Crew


Boy Anton Cross


Director Natalie Ibu
Designer Amelia Jane Hankin
Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr
Sound Designer Helen Skiera


A tiata fahodzi and Watford Palace Theatre 

co-production line produced by Tara Finney Productions


Generously supported by Arts Council England




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Tour Dates



14 - 18 February

Watford Palace Theatre


21 February

Queen's Hall Arts, Hexham


22 - 23 February

The Lowry


24 February

Lawrence Batley Theatre


25 February

Cornerstone Arts Centre


1 March

Live Theatre Newcastle
4 March
mac Birmingham

6 - 11 March

Albany Deptford





“alive with nostalgia and irony”




“compellingly vital theatre”

The Stage



theatre at its most simple and its most striking”

The Reviews Hub



"unapologetically provocative and... long overdue" 

WhatsOn Midlands



"a compelling evening of theatre for our time"



“an absorbing picture of lives, flickering with anger, compassion and hope”

The Times


“a compelling, menacing look at the inner-city streets”

The Telegraph


“Anton Cross delivers a remarkable performance”

British Theatre Guide


"a magnificent, stirring production"

Audience Bulldog