Arinzé Kene's good dog is monologue play that chronicles growing up in a multicultural community in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It was first produced by tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre, receiving its world premiere at Watford Palace Theatre, London, on 17 February 2017, before touring the UK.
The play is set in inner-city London in the early noughties. It follows a young black schoolboy, known only as 'Boy', as he chronicles his teenage years: the events which led him from a responsible but naïve outlook to a mood of bitter disillusionment that peaks around the time of the riots that took place in several cities across England in 2011, sparked by unrest in north London. Bullied at school, neglected at home, and conscious of the violence in his multicultural neighbourhood, the boy is plagued by the moral quandary of whether feeling good is a simple question of doing good. The ‘good dog' is supposed to always get its rewards - so why does this good boy never get a shiny new bike from his mum, but instead a beating-up in the playground?
The premiere production was directed by Natalie Ibu and designed by Amelia Jane Hankin. It was performed by Anton Cross.