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Facilitators: A Complicité production in association with the Barbican, London supported by Oxford Playhouse and Doc Society Climate Story Fund Can I Live? Conceived, written and performed by Fehinti Balogun
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 scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis and the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A.
Event time: Thu 14th Mar 2024 at 7:00pm - Thu 14th Mar 2024 at 8:30pm
“With “Can I Live?” I want to explain what the climate emergency means to us practically – right now – from the perspective of a young Black man living in London. I want us to feel seen and be heard. To me it is rebellion, resistance, self preservation and activism. I want people to see themselves in my work. For a long time, I didn’t hear anyone talk about the climate crisis in a way that made sense to me and my experiences as a Black person, and I think that is what excludes so may of us from the conversation. Yet, for many people the climate crisis is already a deadly situation.”
“Oftentimes, we don’t make the connection between the colonial history of Britain and the climate breakdown, nor do we think about the thousands of immigrants who come to the UK as a direct result of climate related issues. “Can I Live?” is about opening up the conversation, taking up space as a Black person and making space for others.”
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Suitable from ages 12+. Content information: contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.
7:00 Screening starts
8:00 Screening finishes
8:30 Q+A closes
Food & Drink:
The bar will be open.