Two plays, both set in contemporary inner-city London, showcasing the remarkable poetic and theatrical imagination of writer/performer Arinzé Kene.
Little Baby Jesus is a lyrical triptych of three intertwining, colliding monologues about the life-changing moments when three young people ‘grew up’. Joanne is dipped in rudeness, rolled in attitude and is fighting to keep her life afloat. Sensitive and mature he may be, yet Kehinde struggles with an obsession for mixed-race girls as he eyes his place on the social ladder. Rugrat is the class clown and playground loudmouth, and just wants to make it past GCSEs.
Estate Walls is the story of Obi, a young writer who dreams of leaving his estate, but with bad boys Myles and Cain for best friends, there are bound to be setbacks…
Both plays premiered at Ovalhouse Theatre in south London, directed by Ché Walker, with Estate Walls winning Arinzé the Most Promising Playwright at the Offies (Off West Theatre Awards) in 2011. Little Baby Jesus was revived at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2019, directed by winner of the JMK Young Director Award Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu.
‘Utterly magnetic… genuinely original’
— Time Out on Little Baby Jesus
‘It’s the writing that makes this and Kene worth watching. It fizzes and froths and sometimes squeaks with pure pleasure at its own delight in words and the poetry and rhythms of the streets. It has grace, too’
— Guardian on Little Baby Jesus