Musician, actor, storyteller and activist Riz Ahmed rounded out 2020 with a virtual performance of his new album The Long Goodbye. The production was such a success that Ahmed has made the entire 30 minute stream available to view on demand on the MIF website until Monday 1 March 2021.

This special live stream event was 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 the ongoing pandemic, with new dates still to be announced. However by making this live stream readily available, fans will be able to enjoy Ahmed’s work from the comfort of their own homes.

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 to view this live stream are priced on a pay-what-you-feel basis, starting at just £5.

Mon 3 Feb, Manchester International Festival, From £5
Cat Allan
Published on:
Wed 3 Feb 2021