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.


good dog embarks on a second national tour from January – March 2019.

Cast & Crew


Boy Kwaku Mills


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


A co-production with tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre





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Tour Dates

20 – 23 March
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London

Previous 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


19 – 21 February

Theatre Peckham, London

23 February
Creative Foundation, Folkestone

26 – 27 February

Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes

28 February
RADA, London
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




“This marks Kene out as one of the most talented British playwrights around at the moment”

The Stage



“Another work of genius from Arinzé Kene, forensically analysing a community and telling an emotional story at the same time – Kwaku Mills is one to watch”

Mind the Blog



"Arinzé Kene’s crackling, compelling monologue"

The Guardian



"an enthralling performance from Kwaku Mills"

The Scotsman



"Brought to captivating life by Kwaku Mills"

The Herald



“Raging energy and…chuckle-out-loud observational humour”

The Spy in the Stalls



“I cannot recommend this play highly enough”

Fairy Powered Productions



“This story touches the depths of your existence, no matter if you’ve ever been in this boy’s shoes or you’ve just realised watching how bittersweet happiness turns out to be”

Theatre Full Stop



"Kwaku Mills is spectacular, combined with Kene’s writing is a masterclass in characterisation."

The Reviews Hub



"Arinzé Kene has an eye for the everyday details of life that most of us miss"

Southside Advertiser



“funny and tragic, often at the same time”




“essential viewing”



★★★★★ Story / ★★★★ Acting

"Kwaku Mills does a brilliant job"

Sharlare Reviews


“thought-provoking, immersive and humorous right from the outset”

Brits and Pieces


“the production is a roller-coaster of storytelling, and further proof that Arinze Kene is quickly becoming one of the most crucial voices in contemporary British theatre”

London Box Office


“good dog is a compelling performance like no other”

Nights Out In Newcastle


“expertly portrayed by Kwaku Mills”

Shades of Noir


“It’s real, it doesn’t hold back and I would definitely recommend it.”

Chelsea Black


“the audience around me were brought to tears of laughter or nodding appreciatively in presence of a shared history.”

Circus Mums


“a masterpiece of personal storytelling”

Theatre Things


“A performance you need to see in 2019”

In Newcastle


“an unflinching and vital piece of theatre”

Number 9 


“a play that packs a real punch and Kwaku Mills’ performance really is one of a kind”

Sincerely Amy


“when theatre is as good as this it needs to be seen”

Patricia Rodgers


“Mills expertly commands the stage”

Distinguished Diva


“tapestry of Tottenham life on the eve of riots”

Comedy Feed