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