Conceived, written and performed by
Director of Photography
Stewart Kyasimire, Create Anything
Ash J Woodward
Music Director and Composer
Scenography and Costume Design
Projection, Animation and Visual Effects
Ash J Woodward
Donald Matheson, Create Anything
Music written by
Fehinti Balogun, Khalil Madovi, Chloe Rianna and Josh Sneesby
Featuring Fehinti Balogun, supported by Bunmi Adedeji, Chloe Rianna, Dickson Mbi, Ellen Thomas, Khalil Madovi, Kwami Odoom, Terell Farrell, with Samia Alexandra, Nick Anim, Sara Callaway, Helen Brewer, Joshua Virasami
BOOK TICKETS: touring ONLINE autumn 2021 - view from ANYWHERE in the world.
Why don't we talk about it? Fehinti Balogun asks this urgent question and offers an invitation in Can I Live?, a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis & the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement.
In the face of a sense of helplessness about the climate catastrophe, Can I Live? is an outstretched hand, inviting audiences to recognise they are not alone - and that through understanding the issues and connecting with the many powerful activists around the globe driving change, we can find a sense of hope for the future.
A Complicité production in association with the Barbican, London, supported by Oxford Playhouse
Supported by Arts Council England and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Running Time: 60 mins | Suitable for ages 12+
Trigger warnings: contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.
Captions and Audio Decription (by VocalEyes) available.
HOW TO WATCH
Can I Live? is a filmed performance available to watch online. You can watch Can I Live? from anywhere, regardless of which venue's website you book through. Simply choose the dates that suit you best, and go the website of the venue that is hosting the show online that week to book. You'll be sent simple instructions about how to watch the film on your chosen date from the comfort of your home... or mate's house... or cafe... or wherever you fancy… You can watch the film at any point in the period that the film is with your chosen venue. You will have 48 hours to watch from the moment you click play on the film.
Pay What You Decide
We have made Can I Live? available on a Pay What You Decide basis, because it is a call to action. Long-term sustainable progress on addressing climate change and its impacts will only be possible if all parts of society are engaged, involved and empowered. We want to make the work as accessible to audiences as possible.
We invite you to consider your decision about what to pay for your experience of Can I Live? as a political decision. Thirty-eight freelance artists and activists were employed by Complicité in making Can I Live?. By supporting the work generously, you will enable us to connect even more people with brilliant art that inspires change. Pay What You Decide is an extended hand, an invitation: we want you in the room with us, and we trust you to be there on the terms that are right for you.
Workshops / Discussions
Join our free, interactive series of online workshops and discussions in response to Can I Live? . These events are for anyone keen to learn more about the climate emergency and how to take action after watching the show.
Please note that some of these events will be safe spaces dedicated to people of the Global Majority, and if you do not identify with the above we kindly ask that you do not book onto those sessions but chose one that is open to all.
2021, Digital Tour
Oxford Playhouse online
13 September 7.30pm - 18 September 11.59pm
Creative Folkestone, Quarterhouse online
20 September 7.30pm - 22 September 11.59pm
The World Transformed, online
28 September 7.30pm - 11.59pm
Bristol Old Vic online
4 October 7.30pm - 10 October 11.59pm
HOME, Manchester online
11 October 7.30pm - 17 October 11.59pm
Cambridge Junction online
18 October 7.30pm - 24 October 11.59pm
25 October 7.30pm - 31 October 11.59pm
Barbican Centre online
1 November 7.30pm - 12 November 11.59pm
Theatre Royal Plymouth online
15 November 7.30pm - 21 November 11.59pm
Lighthouse, Poole online
22 November 7.30pm - 28 November 11.59pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts
Presented by If Not Us Then Who?
Ticket details TBC