Riz Ahmed The Long Goodbye


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They put their boots on our ground
I put my roots in their ground
I put my truth in this sound
I spit my truth and it’s Brown

A bracing and emotional live music show, The Long Goodbye is an electrifying journey into our here and now – a closeup look at the breakup of a toxic relationship with the country you call home.

Riz Ahmed is a musician, storyteller, award-winning actor and activist, and the star of films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom, Four Lions and HBO’s The Night Of. As a solo artist and a member of the Swet Shop Boys, his incendiary releases include “Post 9/11 Blues”, Cashmere and “Mogambo”. Directed by Kirsty Housley (Tao of Glass) and performed by Riz Ahmed, The Long Goodbye is a Manchester world premiere.

The Long Goodbye is the latest in Manchester International Festival’s series of pre-Factory events, showcasing the kind of work we’ll be premiering at The Factory, MIF’s future year-round home. mif.co.uk/thefactory

The Long Goodbye is commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Produced by Manchester International Festival.


Creative Team 

Lead Artist, writer and performer: Riz Ahmed

Director: Kirsty Housley

Creative Director: Andrea Gelardin

Designer: Jean Chan

Lighting designer: Andy Purves

Video Designer: Will Duke

Sound Designer: Mike Winship

Choreographer: Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Assistant Choreographer: Dickson Mbi

Video Assistant: Hayley Egan



Amanda Pefkou

Raheem Mir

Mithun Gill

Jonadette Carpio

Audio introduction:

  • This is a standing event.

  • There will be an accessible area for wheelchair users as well as those who require a seat for access reasons. To book a space in the area, you will first need to create or sign in to your existing MIF account and select your requirements under ‘Access Preferences’. You will then be able to book a space or seat in the area as long as you’re logged in to your account. For more information about how to book access tickets, please click here.

  • The venue, Mayfield, is a large former railway depot located close to Manchester Piccadilly railway station in the city centre.

  • It may be cold inside the venue – dress accordingly.

  • There is step free access to all areas of the event.

  • The floor may be uneven in places, and there will be low lighting in parts of the venue.

  • There will be toilets at the event, including accessible toilets.

  • There will be a lowered, accessible service point at the bar.

  • There may be high noise levels at this event, as well as lighting effects including strobe and haze.

  • Mayfield is located approximately 500m from the Fairfield Street exit from Manchester Piccadilly railway station, which has lift access from the platforms and Metrolink station. Exit the station, cross the road and bear left towards Temperance Street.

  • For a map of Blue Badge parking in Manchester city centre, please visit Manchester City Council website.

  • Unfortunately, there is no BSL-interpreted, captioned or audio described performance of this show.

  • There will be a dedicated Access Steward at the event - you can check in with them when you arrive. The Access Steward will direct and/or escort you to the Access area and other accessible facilities.

  • We will update this information with further details closer to the event.

  • We always welcome individual enquiries – if you have any concerns about access requirements at this event, or your requirements change after booking, please get in touch with us on access@mif.co.uk or 0333 322 8679

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