Can I Live? review – privilege, protest and the climate crisis | Complicite

There is a moment in Fehinti Balogun’s one-hour show when he recalls finding himself in a room full of climate activists with not one face that looks like his. The protest group Extinction Rebellion has certainly been called out for being too white and too middle-class before now, but this powerful cri de coeur grapples with the question of inclusivity in environmental activism not only by connecting it to class and race but to geopolitics, imperial history, and his own journey into activism in the context of his British Nigerian family’s cultural attitudes.

Balogun is the writer and central performer of the show, produced by Complicité in association with the Barbican and supported by Oxford Playhouse. He tells his story through a mix of hip-hop and spoken word, facts and arguments, and there are moments of whimsy alongside rage and vulnerability. “There is privilege to the environmental fight,” he says, but he also cites…

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