Anton Cross (As You Like It, Stig of the Dump, Gentlemen of Verona – all Storyhouse Summer season 2016, Chester) has been cast in Arinzé Kene’s good dog which will open at Watford Palace Theatre before touring to Hexham, Manchester, Huddersfield, Didcot, Newcastle, Ulverston, Birmingham and London.
Delicately observed and fearlessly told, good dog chronicles Britain’s multicultural communities and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control. Kene’s initial inspiration for good dog stemmed from a desire to imagine what drove his friends and community to riot in the summer of 2011 – in London and beyond – but it has become a chronicle of a community struggling to survive and fighting back.
Natalie Ibu, director of good dog, comments, Anton is a gifted graduate actor. He’s thoughtful yet playful and this matched with the exhilarating craft of Arinze’s writing will make for an entertaining night full of courage, vulnerability, humanity as Anton takes us back through the noughties as boy.
The tour announcement comes at a pertinent time. On 5th December, the BBC aired ‘Lawful Killing’ – a 90-minute documentary with dramatic reconstructions of the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in August 2011. The incident triggered the country’s worst riots in living memory, the impact of which extended far beyond the Duggan family and the community of Tottenham. Duggan’s shooting continues to resonate more than five years after it occurred.
Arinzé Kene (star of critically acclaimed sold out One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse and BIFA nominee for Best Supporting Actor in The Pass) returns to writing for theatre for the first time since God’s Property in 2013. In this vivid, high-energy monologue, Kene tells of community, growing up in a diverse area unified by class and survival, and what happens when you lose faith in being good.
When prejudiced voices are amplified, the arts must remind us of the humans obscured within the propaganda storm. good dog is a clear human voice which tells those important intimate stories in a troubled landscape.
good dog is a true epic – spanning multiple characters, families and years. This richly imagined, political and personal piece of theatre introduces an overlapping network of rich characters and stories that explore significant issues for today such as social decay, institutional racism, drug abuse and bullying.
Since graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 2015, Anton made his theatrical debut as Frank in the world premiere of Arthur Millers No Villain (Old Red Lion Theatre). Anton was most recently a part of the Storyhouse company for their 2016 Summer repertory season where he led as Barney in a brand new stage adaptation of Stig of the Dump (written by Jessica Swale) as well as playing Le Beau & William in As You Like It and an Outlaw in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other theatre credits include: Stoney Fruit (Fine Mess Theatre), Elizabeth (High Tide Theatre Festival), John Blanke and Young Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, Worcester in Henry IV Part I (LAMDA).
good dog by Arinzé Kene
Performance Dates 14th – 18th February 2017 – Watford Palace Theatre
21st February – Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
22nd – 23rd February – Lowry, Manchester
24th February – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Hudersfield
25th February – Cornerstone, Didcot
1st March – Live Theatre, Newcastle
3rd March – Cornational Hall, Ulverston
4th March – mac, Birmingham
7th – 11th March – The Albany, Deptford
Running time tbc
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Playwright Arinzé Kene
Actor Anton Cross
Director Natalie Ibu
Designer Amelia Jane Hankin
Sound Designer Helen Skiera
Producer tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre
Notes Ages 12+
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