God’s Property

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784602802.00000002
Scenes: 5. Roles: Male (3) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Arinze Kene's play God's Property is about racial tensions in 1980s London, and was first performed at Soho Theatre, London, on 26th February 2013.

The play is set in 1982, in the kitchen of a small council house in Deptford, South London. The city is gripped by spiralling unemployment and inner city riots. Chima (late twenties) and Onochie (mid teens) are two mixed-race brothers, sons of an Irish mother and a Nigerian father. Returning home after a long spell in prison, Chima is horrified to find that Onochie has become a skinhead who no longer thinks of himself as black. Chima has been blamed for the death of a white girl and the hostile world outside won't rest until it delivers its rough justice. But will Onochie side with the community he's tried so hard to belong to, or stand by the brother he barely knows?

The Soho Theatre production was directed by Michael Buffong and designed by Ellen Cairns. It was performed by Kingsley Ben-Adir as Chima, Bradley Gardner as Liam, Ash Hunter as Onochie, and Ria Zmitrowicz as Holly.

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Nick Hern Books

Arinzé Kene

ISBN: 9781848423251

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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