Upcoming Credits: MACBETH (Royal Exchange, Manchester)
Theatre includes: THE SEVEN METHODS OF KILLING KYLIE JENNER (Royal Court); MISTY (Bush Theatre & West End); THE MEMORY OF WATER (Nottingham Playhouse); THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (Out of Joint, Royal And Derngate); GOING THROUGH, HIR, ISLANDS (Bush); THICK AS THIEVES (Clean Break); THE WIZARD OF OZ (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); ALL OF ME (China Plate); MOUNTAINS (Royal Exchange, Manchester); DOUBLE VISION (Wales Millenium Centre); THE CARETAKER (Bristol Old Vic); THE LOUNGE (Soho, Summer Hall, Edinburgh); BOAT (Company Three/BAC); HOW I HACKED MY WAY INTO SPACE (Unlimited/UK tour); YEARS OF SUNLIGHT (Theatre503); THE BEAR/THE PROPOSAL, FLASHES (Young Vic); SLEEPLESS (Analogue/Staatstheater Mainz, Germany); THE CHRISTIANS (Gate & Traverse Theatres); I CALL MY BROTHERS, THE IPHIGENIA QUARTET, UNBROKEN (Gate); BRAINSTORM (C3 /National Theatre); THEBES LAND, ANT STREET, BRIMSTONE & TREACLE, KNIVES IN HENS (Arcola); YOU HAVE BEEN UPGRADED (Unlimited/Science Museum); THE KILBURN PASSION, ARABIAN NIGHTS (Kiln Theatre); SEOCHON ODYSSEY (HiSeoul Festival, Korea); MASS OBSERVATION (Almeida)
Dance includes: PATRIAS, QUIMERAS (Sadlers Wells/Paco Peña Flamenco Company).
Television/ Online includes: HAVE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGED?; BRAINSTORM; THE ASTRO SCIENCE CHALLENGE.
Radio includes: THE MEET CUTE; TWELVE YEARS; DUCHAMPS URINAL.
Installation includes: HAVE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGED?, YES THESE EYES ARE THE WINDOWS (ArtAngel)
Elena is an Associate Artist for Inspector Sands.
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 ★★★★