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Riz Ahmed’s new live music show The Long Goodbye was due to debut here in Manchester last month. When lockdown hit, the premiere was postponed – but we’re thrilled that Riz will be joining us from his home on Friday 8 May for a special conversation about his life and work.
Riz Ahmed is a musician, storyteller, actor and activist whose work moves seamlessly across artforms and cultures. His latest project is the critically acclaimed The Long Goodbye, an album, short film (directed by Aneil Karia) and forthcoming live show (directed by Kirsty Housley) that turn our divided political times into deeply personal matter through the metaphor of a romantic break-up. Weaving together rap, song and spoken word, its nine electrifying tracks tell the story of being dumped by the country you call home.
Riz will be talking about his work and life in the company of Ciaran Thapar, Founder of Roadworks music education charity and author of Cut Short: Youth, Violence and Loss in the City, forthcoming from Penguin Viking UK and MIF Artistic Director John McGrath.
On Saturday 9 May at 10am, Joy Alpuerto Ritter, The Long Goodbye’s choreographer, will be giving a free online 30 minute dance class inspired by the live show – no experience required. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications.