"Ultimately I like to think of the show as a chance to express your true self, become the person you’ve always wanted to be, and say what you’ve always wanted to say."
Jeremy Goldstein, The Weekend Edition, Gold Coast
Created and hosted by Jeremy Goldstein
Verse by Henry Woolf
Directed by Jen Heyes
Photography by Sarah Hickson
Banners by Ed Hall
Music by David Bowie arranged by Sven Ratzke
"Speaking truth to power: This is the rebirth of political theatre"
'Truth to Power Cafe' is a new international performance event mixing memoir, image, poetry, music, and live and spontaneous testimony from participants rising up in the name of free speech and political activism.
the event is INSPIRED BY THE POLITICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL BELIEFS OF NOBEL PRIZE WINNING PLAYWRIGHT HAROLD PINTER AND HIS HACKNEY GANG.
Participants of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds, can take part in the event by responding to the question 'who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?' before a live audience.
Speaking truth to power has its origins in THE anti-war MOVEMENT, but in this era of post-truth, ALTERNATIVE FACT, and fake-news, is widely accepted to mean saying something to those in authority or position of trust who don’t want to hear IT. Is it to your parents, a sibling, politician, lover, landlord, neighbour, religious leader, boss, banker, carer, trainer or simply your best friend? It’s time to tell them the truth before it’s too late.
"Truth to Power Café tells it like it is. Entertaining, engrossing and informative. Take part. I did. Or just turn up for inspiration and empowerment."
Peter Tatchell, International Human Rights Activist
Truth to Power Café is a London Artists Projects production developed with the Harold Pinter Archive at the British Library, London; Theatre in the Mill, Bradford; Cast, Doncaster; Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; and Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture in The Netherlands.
Presented in association with Index on Censorship and supported by Arts Council England and British Council Artists’ International Development Fund.
Thanks to Run-Riot and Ash Kotak.