Wednesday 1 March, £14/£10
Produced by Tiata Fahodzi and Watford Palace Theatre, Written by Arinzé Kene, Directed by Natalie Ibu, Starring Anton Cross
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?
good dog – set during the early noughties – tells the story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control. Go back in time and experience the 2000s through the eyes of Mrs Blackwood, waiting for the day her husband notices her, or Old Man Boateng waiting for the day he gets bored of drinking.
Delicately observed and fearlessly told by the star of Netflix’s Crazyhead, Eastenders and Channel 4’s Youngers, Arinzé Kene who The Guardian called ‘one of Britain’s most exciting young playwrights’.
‘This is, in both senses of the word, compellingly vital theatre…. Anton Cross supplies a magnificent performance’ ★★★★ The Stage
‘Anton Cross delivers a remarkable performance.’It’s an amazing piece of writing… a celebration of resilience and determination’ British Theatre Guide
‘the piece dares you to ponder what might yet be straining at the leash’ ★★★ The Telegraph
‘good dog is theatre at its most simple and its most striking. Kene balances humour and tragedy with enormous skill. Natalie Ibu’s production is tuned to perfection’ ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub
‘Arinze Kene’s play chronicles how one boy turns from responsible naivity to bitter disillusionment. Good Dog, a finely-observed new play’ ★★★★ Whats on Stage