Can I Live?
Directed by Fehinti Balogun
Nigeria, United Kingdom
2021, 60 min
“…an explosive mix of spoken word, animation, hip-hop and dialogue”
Can I Live?
Can I Live?
A Complicité production in association with the Barbican, London Supported by Oxford Playhouse
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 for Create Anything
Editor Ash J Woodward
Scenography and Costume Design Rajha Shakiry
Music Director and Composer Khalil Madovi
Sound Design Mike Winship
Lighting Design Azusa Ono
Movement Director Dickson Mbi
Projection, Animation and Visual Effects Design Ash J Woodward
Featuring Fehinti Balogun
Bunmi Adedeji as Mum
Khalil Madovi as Kwami
Kwami Odoom as Deji
Ellen Thomas as Grandma
with Terell Farrell, Dickson Mbi and Chloe Rianna
Activists Samia Alexandra, Nick Anim, Helen Brewer, Sara Callaway and Joshua Virasami
A filmed performance produced by Complicité in association with the Barbican, London, supported by Oxford Playhouse
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 recognize 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.
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.