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“…an explosive mix of spoken word, animation, hip-hop and dialogue”

The New York Times

Can I Live?

Conceived, written and performed by Fehinti Balogun

Director Daniel Bailey

Co-Director Simon McBurney


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 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 | Suitable for ages: 12+

Trigger warnings: contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.

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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

  • Year
  • Runtime
    60 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Nigeria
  • Director
    Fehinti Balogun