Current and forthcoming productions: MISTY (Bush Theatre) and ALL OF ME (China Plate).
Theatre credits include: HOW I HACKED MY WAY INTO SPACE (Unlimited Theatre, Tour); THE SUICIDE (Arts Ed); THE CARETAKER (Bristol Old Vic & Northampton Royal and Derngate); THEBES LAND (Arcola); PIXEL DUST and WONDR (Edinburgh Festival); HIR (Bush Theatre); THE VACUMN CLEANER PROJECT (One Tenth Human & Hear Me Roar, Nuffield Lancaster); BOAT (Company Three, Battersea Arts Centre); REIMAGINING HAMLET (Arcola Theatre); YEARS OF SUNLIGHT (Theatre 503); THE BEAR/THE PROPOSAL (Young Vic); LAYLA’S ROOM, THE MUDDY CHOIR, WHAT THE THUNDER SAID, THE LITTLEST QUIRKY (Theatre Centre); SLEEPLESS (Shoreditch Town Hall, Analogue Theatre, Staatstheater Mainz); THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (Dawn State Theatre); I CALL MY BROTHERS, THE IPHIGENIA QUARTET, UNBROKEN (Gate Theatre); PATRIAS (Sadlers Wells Theatre, Paco Peña Flamenco Company, EIF); WE’RE STUCK (One Tenth Human, Shoreditch Town Hall); ANT STREET, BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE, KNIVES IN HENS (Arcola Theatre); ISLANDS (Summer Hall, Edinburgh, Bush Theatre & Tour); FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (Caroline Horton); THE CHRISTIANS (Gate Theatre, Traverse Theatre); BRAINSTORM (ICT, National Theatre & Park Theatre); YOU HAVE BEEN UPGRADED (Unlimited, Science Museum); STORYLAB, THE KILBURN PASSION, ARABIAN NIGHTS (Tricycle Theatre); MACBETH DIGITAL (Hightide, WAC & Tour); BETTER THAN LIFE (Coney); THE WARDROBE (Tricycle Theatre, NT Connections); GIRLS GUIDE TO SAVING THE WORLD (Hightide Festival); NOT NOW BERNARD (Unicorn Theatre); MACBETH BWHB (China Plate, WAC & Tour); SUE THE 2ND COMING (Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic); PIM & THEO (Odsherred Teater, Denmark, NIE); THE PLANET & STUFF (Polka Theatre); FLASHES (Young Vic); COOKING GHOSTS (Beady Eye Theatre); MASS OBSERVATION (Almeida Theatre); QUIMERAS (Peacock Theatre); POLAR MOLAR (MacRobert Arts Centre); THE VILLAGE SOCIAL (National Theatre Wales); BETTE & JOAN: THE FINAL CURTAIN (Foursight); QUIMERAS (Edinburgh International Festival); THE 13 MIDNIGHT CHALLENGES OF ANGELUS DIABLO (RSC); FACEBOX (National Theatre of Scotland); GAMBLING (Soho Theatre); ASPIDISTRAS (Edinburgh Festival); MY NAME IS SUE (Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre and UK tour); UNDER MILK WOOD (Northampton Royal); PLASTICINE (Southwark Playhouse); PUNCH & JUDY REDUX (Dissentertainment, Edinburgh Fest); FISH STORY (People Can Run, Edinburgh Festival).
Sound Installation credits include: HAVE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGED? and YES THESE EYES ARE THE WINDOWS (ArtAngel).
Television/Online credits include: HAVE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGED? (Online Films, ArtAnge); BRAINSTORM Live At Television Centre (BBC4 and iPlayer); THE ASTRO SCIENCE CHALLENGE (Online Television Episodes, Unlimited Theatre).
Radio credits include: DUCHAMPS URINAL (Recordist/SD/Editor, BBC R4); THE MEET CUTE (Recordist/SD/Editor/Musician, BBC R4) TWELVE YEARS (Recordist/SD/Editor, BBC R4).
Elena is an Associate Artist for Inspector Sands where here credits include: THE LOUNGE (Summer Hall, Edinburgh – Offie Nomination for Best Sound Design); ROCK POOL, SEOCHON ODYSSEY (HiSeoul Fetsival, Korea); A HIGH STREET ODYSSEY (UK Tour); UNDISCOVERED, A MINI MASS OBSERVATION PROJECT (South Bank Centre); A LIFE IN 22 MINUTES (Pulse, Ipswich); MASS OBSERVATION (EIF).
Misty Triumphs in West End
After a sold-out run at The Bush Theatre, Arinzé Kene’s Misty has taken the West End by storm. As the second black British play ever to play in the West End, Misty has captured audiences and critics alike in this astonishing production. With Dramaturgy by MLR’s Kirsty Housley and Sound Design by MLR’s Elena Peña, this is one production not to miss.
‘Arinzé Kene's work is an extraordinary, playful look at gentrification, writing and what it means to be a young black man in London.’
The Telegraph ★★★★
‘By the end of it, you feel you’ve been drawn into his mind itself - it’s phantasmagorical and inspiringly individualistic.’
London Theatre ★★★★
‘While he’s just trying to tell a story, a truth, he’s still verging on the territory of a Black person in trouble; violent, and in trouble with the law, rather than a plot involving Black people that isn’t about being Black.
Kene’s articulates his frustrations through smart, concise rap and poetry, and it’s difficult not to be enthused by what he has to say, whether it’s about the gentrification of the city he loves – the viruses migrating to the city replacing community theatres with fancy cafes pricing out the people he loves - or how theatre and the arts treat work by Black artists.’
A Younger Theatre
‘It’s spectacular in its honesty and eloquent in its rage; textured in its emotionality; and polished in its rawness.’
MISTY opens at the Bush Theatre
Arinzé Kene writes and stars in MISTY at the Bush Theatre, which has Sound Design by MLR’s Elena Peña and dramaturgy by Kirsty Housley.
Broadway World UK ★★★★★
“his voice rotating between a wild roar and the most beautiful of symphonies.”
“an articulate critique of humanity's internal intolerances”
The Up Coming ★★★★★
“It’s heart-pounding, blood-pumping, uncategorisable magic.”
The Stage ★★★★
“‘intelligent and interrogative’ “
“Misty is at once a polemic, an essay and a poem”
“It's as fiercely thought as it is elegantly structured, split down the centre between story and storyteller.”
The Arts Desk ★★★★
“a powerful meditation on how we tell stories and a raw, beautiful Odyssey through the heart of London. “
“the most obvious parallel for the urgent rhythm of every line is Shakespeare.”
Time Out ★★★★