It’s in the window of Sam’s, behind the rusty display. Two wheels, shiny body, handlebars ready to be gripped
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?
Kwaku Mills (End of Eddy, UK Tour; Urban Myths: The Trial of Joan Collins, Sky Atlantic) stars in tiata fahodzi and Tara Finney Productions’ revival of Arinzé Kene’sgood dog which tours the UK this spring.
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.
The inspiration for Kene’s well-observed and fearlessly-told play stemmed from a desire to imagine what drove his friends and community to riot in the summer of 2011.
But it has become a chronicle of a community struggling to survive and fighting back.
Directed by tiata fahodzi’s artistic director, Natalie Ibu, good dog will open at Watford Palace Theatre before touring.
Kwaku Mills said: “I’m beyond excited to be joining good dog. I’ve admired Arinze‘s work for a while now, so it’s a real honour to get to perform his words.
“It’s such a vibrant, intelligent urgent play, and a gift of a character to work on.
“It’ll be my first time performing at all the venues on the tour so I look forward to getting the show on the road along with Natalie and the rest ofthe team!”
Director Natalie Ibu said: “It’s a real thrill to be able to bring back Arinzé’s play.
“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.
“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”.
2019 Tour Dates
January 31 – February 2, Watford Palace Theatre February 5, The Quarry Theatre, Bedford February 7 – 8, Crucible Studio, Sheffield February 9, Northern Stage, Newcastle February 12 – 13, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough February 14 – 16, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh February 23, Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone February 26 – 27, Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes February 28, RADA, London March 5, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells March 6 – 9, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham March 11 – 12, The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford March 13, E.M. Forster Theatre, Tonbridge March 14 – 16, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury March 20 – 23, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London