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Actor and playwright, Arinze Kene, began to write his monologue ‘GOOD DOG’ during the London Riots of 2011, which began in Tottenham and spread through England, resulting in looting, arson, mugging, assault and murder over 6 days.  The play was first produced in the UK in 2017 and is set in the decade leading up to the London Riots.

We meet 13 year old Boy, (Justin Amankwah), a sensitive and kind teenager who lives with his mum in a council flat in Tottenham, North London.  His father has left them, but, ever optimistic, he treasures his dad’s advice, ‘Good things come to good people’.

He starts his neighbourhood story looking down from his balcony at the familiar characters he has found affection for – even though he is mocked and bullied by the “smoking boys” and the shoplifting teenagers he calls the “what-what girls”, as “what” is their only word of choice.  Although he sees a landscape scarred by violence and poverty, his sense of humour is endearing and Amankwah throws Boy’s comic lines away with a natural indifference that works for him. Continue reading GOOD DOG @ KINGS CROSS THEATRE


In Nigerian playwright Arinze Kene’s GOOD DOG, mum’s promised him a bike, so he keeps his shirt clean, his head down, and steers clear of the smoking boys and the what-what girls. Because good things come to good people. Don’t they? 

Spanning multiple characters, communities and years, the play tells the story of growing up amidst the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control. An achingly visceral roar, Kene’s play crackles with vivid detail and empathy, showing us what happens to those unheard and unseen. 

Rachel Chant directs two-time Sydney Theatre Award winning Justin Amankwah in Green Door Theatre Company’s, together with Bakehouse Theatre Company’s, Australian premiere production of Kene’s play.

1 November – 16 November
Kings Cross Theatre
KXT is 242-248 William Street, Kings Cross
Performance Times:
Tuesday – Saturday: 7:30 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM
Running Time: 80 minutes no interval
Tickets & More Info: http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/good-dog



The Pass: Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival

THE PASS is a tough watch yet a terrific choice for the Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival.

“Our guiding vision for this year to tell as many queer stories as possible through the most diverse range of characters, stories and genres yet” says Festival Director Paul Struthers as he announced the 10 ‘teaser’ films this week. And if these ten are any indication it will be an exciting season. The Festival will allow Sydney audiences to see, not only the most impressive films from the LGBTIQ film circuit, but many award-winners from Berlin, Toronto and other A-list film festivals. Continue reading THE PASS