Can I Live? online: 11 - 17 Oct HOME Manchester


Filmed performance touring ONLINE autumn 2021 - view from ANYWHERE in the world
Mon 11 - Sun 17 October 2021

Can I Live?
Conceived, written and performed by Fehinti Balogun
Director Daniel Bailey
Co-Director Simon McBurney

An online 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 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.

Supported by Arts Council England and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Running time
60 mins

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.


Download the free programme/resource here

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Online Workshop Thursday 14 October

Date: 14 October 2021
Time: 8.45pm - 9.45pm (BST)

Facilitated by Zahrah Vawda
Guest Speaker:  Rabia Begum

About Guest Speaker: Rabia Begum

Rabia Begum is a student, artist, and activist based in Liverpool and Manchester. She is a board member on Manchester Climate Change Youth Board and artist working on Manchester Art Gallery’s Climate Justice Group. Rabia has worked on several projects with young people in Manchester, including ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse’, working as a Youth Co-Researcher, collaborating with Local Alternatives, which set out to reimagine local environments with children and young people. Rabia was a recent key speaker at Ripples of Hope Festival on Environment & The Planet, Co-Chairing the "Stop Screwing Up Our Future" talk, has written an article on Art UK on Winston Churchill in Gallery Oldham: a complex legacy, and has recently worked on Voices For Action: and delivered her workshop/ installation Future Roots at Oldham Library, a project by Crossing Footprints as part of the Great Big Green Week. 

Free to attend. Book a place on this workshop 

To join the conversation on social media use #CanILiveShow
Workshops and discussion events will be held online on Thursday evenings across the tour.
Workshops will be spaces for individuals who identify as People of Colour only.

Discussions will be open to everyone. 

Full list of workshops and discussions can be found here.

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.

Captions will be available on the film.
For Audio Description please purchase an AUDIO DESCRIPTION TICKET in the dropdown of ticket price options.

Can I Live? - Online Stream

If you have any technical issues please head to our FAQ page as a first step. If you are still having issues please contact and we’ll respond promptly.

How to join the stream
Your confirmation email will contain your link to watch the show, and a ‘How it Works’ section to help you set up your stream.

If you have any issues locating your confirmation email, try searching for an email from ‘TicketCo AS’ with ‘ref number’ in the subject line.

Group Bookings
If you have booked tickets for others in your group, please make sure that you have forwarded the unique confirmation emails for their tickets to them. They will need this email in order to access the stream. Please note that each ticket has a unique link attached, so if you try to share your link or use it on more than one device, you will get kicked off the stream.

Content warnings
Contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.

Join the conversation
To join the conversation on social media use #CanILiveShow
Workshops and discussion events will be held online after Thursday performances across the tour.
Workshops will be spaces for individuals who identify as people of the Global Majority only.
Discussions will be open to everyone. 

Full list of workshops and discussions can be found here.


I’ve lost my confirmation email: Your confirmation email will contain your link to watch the show. Please check your junk mail. If you still can’t find it, go to and use the ‘Find your purchased tickets’ box. Follow the instructions to get a new email set to you. Then, follow the link and ‘download’ the PDF of your ticket and find the five-digit ‘Reference code for the purchase’. Head to and enter your five-digit code to access the stream.

I can’t see the TicketCo Icon in the email: add Ticket Co to your safe senders list, or click the link at the top of the email to download all images.

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How long will I have to watch the performance?
You can watch the film at any point in the period that the film is with your chosen venue. You will have 48 hours from the moment you click play on the film.

I can just see white numbers: then you’re in the right place! This is the countdown to the broadcast.

I've logged in but the picture seems frozen: you need to hit the little play icon.

If you’re still having issues head to our Customer Support page or contact and we’ll respond promptly.

The use of cameras, any visual or audio recording equipment and the illegal recording of online performances is strictly prohibited.

Can I Live?

Conceived, written and performed by Fehinti Balogun
A Complicité production in association with the Barbican, supported by Oxford Playhouse

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 Fehiniti Balogun with 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

Lyrics Fehinti Balogun
Music Fehinti Balogun, Khalil Madovi, Chloe Rianna, Josh Sneesby


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Oxford Playhouse: 13-18 Sept
Creative Folkestone, Quarterhouse: 20-22 Sept
Bristol Old Vic: 4-10 Oct
HOME Manchester: 11-17 Oct
Cambridge Junction: 18-24 Oct
Attenborough Centre, Brighton: 25-31 Oct
Barbican Centre, London: 1-12 Nov
Theatre Royal Plymouth: 15-21 Nov
Lighthouse Poole: 22-28 Nov




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