God’s Property

Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and The Albany present

God’s Property

  • By Arinze Kene | Directed by Michael Buffong
  • Tue 26 Feb - Sat 23 Mar, 7.30pm
  • 26 Feb – 2 Mar £10, 4 – 16 Mar £15 (£12.50), 18 – 23 Mar £20 (£17.50)

‘The writing is pin sharp and true, the performances bang on the money… a little gem.’ ★★★★ WhatsOnStage


‘A treat… funny, feisty and refreshing.’ ★★★★ Time Out

‘Promise comes with a name attached: Arinze Kene.’ Guardian

It’s 1982. 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 mixed race brothers are re-united.

Sixteen year old, Onochie rules the family roost. His barely known older brother Chima returns home to find that Onochie is a skinhead who chooses to no longer be black.

Chima is not welcome in the area and only has a few hours to meaningfully connect with his brother. But outside a hostile community has been alerted to his return. Chima has been blamed for the death of a white girl and the vitriolic community won’t be satisfied until it delivers its own rough justice.

Onochie faces the tough decision of siding with the community he has tried to belong to, or standing with the brother he doesn’t know.

God’s Property is a script that grew out of Soho Theatre’s Soho Six Writers Group in 2011. Writer Arinze Kene was a member of this vital part of our Writers programme that commissions new writing and brings it to the stage.

‘Talawa has an impressive legacy – making theatre that people of any colour would queue round the block to see.’ Time Out

Running time: Approx 90 minutes

Listen again to our panel discussion
God’s Property writer Arinze Kene and director Michael Buffong, as well as artist Bryony Kimmings and playwright Laura Wade discussed developing and supporting new writers, chaired by Soho Theatre Artistic Director Steve Marmion.
Part 1 and Part 2


‘The writing is pin sharp and true, the performances bang on the money… a little gem.’ ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Interview in the Guardian with writer Arinze Kene, 26 Feb