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God’s Property - Albany and Soho Theatres

God’s Property

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GOD’S Property, by award-winning playwright and former EastEnders’ actor Arinze Kene, will preview at the Albany from February 20 to February 23, 2013, before its premiere at Soho Theatre, where it runs from February 26 to March 23.

God’s Property, directed by Talawa Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong, explores the relationship between two estranged mixed race brothers living in Deptford in 1982, against a backdrop of economic downturn, rising youth unemployment and a riot charged atmosphere.

London is restless, gripped by spiraling unemployment and inner city riots, Ska beats dominate the airwaves and in a flat in Deptford, South London, two estranged mixed race brothers are re-united unexpectedly. But notions of family and belonging are put to the test when a pack of hostile neighbours gathers outside to deliver some rough justice.

In 2011, Arinze Kene was one of the inaugural Soho Six; a selected group of six writers who are commissioned and are in residency for a six month period to work on a new play for Soho Theatre. It was during his residency that Kene wrote God’s Property.

He was named most promising playwright by Off West End.com (Offies) for his debut play Estate Walls (Oval House Theatre, 2010); and in 2009, Little Baby Jesus (English Touring Theatre) was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award.

He was a member of the Royal Court’s Young Writer’s Progamme and this year’s Supergroup. His play Hackney Baths was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the Olympics and he was this year’s Pearson Writer in Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Kene is also part of the writing team on E20 for Eastenders and has just completed writing a film for Film London entitled Seekers.

As an actor, he is best known for his portrayal of Connor Stanley in EastEnders although has also starred in The Lion King.

Michael Buffong became Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company in March 2012. He is currently directing The Serpent’s Tooth (Talawa Theatre Company and Almeida Theatre) by David Watson. His previous productions include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre), the multi-award winning A Raisin in the Sun (Manchester Royal Exchange), Crawling in the Dark (Almeida Theatre), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Leicester Curve).

Full casting information and further production details will be announced shortly.

God’s Property is presented by Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and the Albany.

Following the London dates, God’s Property will tour to MAC in Birmingham (March 26 to March 28, 2013).

Tickets (the Albany): £8 – £14. Available from the box office on 020 8692 4446 or online at www.thealbany.org.uk/.

Time (the Albany): 7.30pm.

Tickets (Soho Theatre): £10 (Week 1), £15 (Weeks 2 and 3), £20 (Week 3). Available from the box office on 020 7478 0100 or online at www.sohotheatre.com/.

Time (Soho Theatre): Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, 3pm on Saturdays.