photo by David Hewitt
photo by Donald Matheson
photo by David Hewitt

Conceived, written and performed by

Fehinti Balogun

Director

Daniel Bailey

Co-Director

Simon McBurney

Writer

Fehinti Balogun

Dramaturg

Kirsty Housley

Producer

Tim Bell

Director of Photography

Stewart Kyasimire, Create Anything

Editor

Ash J Woodward

Music Director and Composer

Khalil Madovi

Movement Director

Dickson Mbi

Scenography and Costume Design

Rajha Shakiry

Lighting Designer

Azusa Ono

Sound Designer

Mike Winship

Projection, Animation and Visual Effects

Ash J Woodward

Production Dramatherapist

Wabriya King

Camera Operator

Donald Matheson, Create Anything

Music written by

Fehinti Balogun, Khalil Madovi, Chloe Rianna and Josh Sneesby

Lyrics by

Fehinti Balogun

Cast

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

 

Can I Live? toured online in the Autumn of 2021 and was available to watch 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 Description (by VocalEyes) available.
 

Click for FREE PROGRAMME / RESOURCE

 

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. 

 

Tour

2021, Digital Tour

Oxford Playhouse online
13 - 18 September

Creative Folkestone, Quarterhouse online
20 - 22 September 

The World Transformed, online
28 September 

Bristol Old Vic online
4 - 10 October 

HOME, Manchester online 
11 - 17 October 

Cambridge Junction online
18 - 24 October

ACCA Brighton
25 - 31 October

Barbican Centre online
1 - 12 November

Theatre Royal Plymouth online
15 - 21 November 

Lighthouse, Poole online
22 - 28 November 

In-person screenings
Presented by If Not Us Then Who?
1 November
IMAX Glasgow at COP26 official programme

3 November
COP26, Glasgow
Centre for Contemporary Arts