When: 31st January – 23rd March 2019
Where: Touring the UK
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the venue
What is it?
Tara Finney Productions and tiata fahodzi present good dog by Arinzé Kene, retelling the stories of multiple characters, families and years.
Directed by tiata fahodzi’s Artistic Director Natalie Ibu, good dog will open at Watford Palace Theatre before touring to venues including Sheffield Theatres, Northern Stage, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Birmingham REP, North Wall Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse.
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?
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. When prejudiced voices are amplified, the arts must remind us of the humans obscured within the propaganda storm.
The inspiration for Kene’s delicately observed and fearlessly told play stemmed from a desire to imagine what drove his friends and community to riot in the summer of 2011, in London and beyond. It has become a chronicle of a community struggling to survive and fighting back.
tiata fahodzi creates inclusive theatre that illuminates the mixed and multiple experience of the African diaspora in Britain today. Their work starts with the contemporary British African experience but reaches beyond to ask everyone, what does it mean to be a contemporary Briton, now?
The 2019 good dog tour will visit:
31st January – 2nd February at Watford Palace Theatre, Watford
5th February at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford
7th – 8th February at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield
9th Feb at the Northern Stage, Newcastle
12th – 13th February at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
14th – 16th February at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
23rd February at Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone
26th – 27th February at Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
28th February at RADA, London
5th March at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
6th – 9th March at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
11th – 12th March at The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
13th March at the E.M. Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
14th – 16th March at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
20th – 23rd March at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London
More info: www.tiatafahodzi.com/season/spring/good-dog