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Little Baby Jesus – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arinzé Kene’s storytelling, focussing on North London black communities, seems to grow richer with each new work. His self-performed Misty went all the way to the West End and now his latest begins its journey, looking likely to stir things up in sedate Richmond. In the opening scenes of Little Baby ...

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Good Dog – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Arinzene Kene Director: Natalie Ibu Reviewer: Dominic Corr No good deed goes unpunished, a mantra which regrettably gains merit as we age. What happens when we break away from being good? When someone realises that those who laugh gleefully as we struggle are usually bad. For many, the out-lash of violence during the London Riots was twisted retribution. The ...

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London Film Festival: Been So Long

Writer: Che Walker Director: Tinge Krishnan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are plenty of big films and big stars at the London Film Festival but often it’s the low-budget homegrown movies that are the most satisfying. Once in a while one of them really sticks, capturing the essence of London life the way we all really live it; in 2014 it ...

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Misty – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Omar Elerian Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arinzé Kene’s 2017 play good dog established the writer as an astute commentator on modern urban tensions, with his narrator positioned on a balcony above a busy street, observing the comings and goings beneath him. Here, the writer gets down and dirty, rummaging around working-class London as if to search for ...

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good dog – Watford Palace Theatre, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Natalie Ibu Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 13-year-old boy looks out from the balcony of his tower block flat and surveys the community below him, making wry and cutting observations a little like the narrator in Under Milk Wood. He sees wrongdoing but vows that he will, himself, stay on the straight and narrow, hoping that his ...

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God’s Property – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Arinze Kene Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Sarah Nutland [rating:4.5] Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and The Albany present a new play by Arinze Kene; Gods Property.It’s Deptford, south London, 1984 and we join Chima as he enters his old family home to visit his mum and brother after an extended time away. The two mixed race brothers are strangers ...

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