Musician, actor, storyteller and activist Riz Ahmed presents a virtual performance of his new album The Long Goodbye this December. This one-off livestream has been digitally developed as a companion piece to the live stage show which was due to premiere in Manchester in March 2020. Originally commissioned by Manchester International Festival (MIF) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the run will now be postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, with new dates still to be announced. However this online performance, due to take place on Saturday 19 December, is sure to give audiences a taste of what to expect.

Following on from Ahmed’s acclaimed 2016 debut album Cashmere, The Long Goodbye combines storytelling, archive footage and music to guide viewers through an emotional landscape. According to the multi-talented star, it’s “a close-up look at the breakup of a toxic relationship with the country you call home.” Directed by writer and director Kirsty Housley, with sound design from Gareth Fry and creative direction from Andrea Gelardin, viewers will be guided through the album’s tracks in this remarkably immersive and personal journey by an incredible performer. Tickets for this one-off event will go sale on Tuesday 1 December from the MIF website, with exact pricing yet to be announced.

Sat 19 Dec, Manchester International Festival, Price TBC
Cat Allan
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Mon 2 Nov 2020