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.
Speaking truth to power has its origins in the anti-war movement, and is now 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, religious leader, boss, banker or simply your best friend? It’s time to tell them the truth before it’s too late.
We welcome participants of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds who have up to five minutes to respond to the question before a live audience.
Truth to Power Cafe is inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Nobel prize winning playwright Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang.
“Take part. I did. Or just turn up for inspiration and empowerment”
Peter Tatchell, International Human Rights Activist
“Beautiful, honest, and brave”
Phoebe, participant, Doncaster
“Extraordinary and cathartic”
Patrick, participant, London
“The Cafe is amazing. Thank you for carrying this stage around the world.”
Thiadmer, participant, Leeuwarden
“I loved it”
Ivana, participant, Zagreb
“The key to liberation”
Nicole, participant, Gold Coast
Creator and Host: Jeremy Goldstein
Verse: Henry Woolf
Director: Jen Heyes
Photography: Sarah Hickson
Lighting: Nigel Edwards
Banners: Ed Hall
Music: David Bowie and Sven Ratzke
Running time: 60 minutes
In association with Index on Censorship – the voice of free expression
Jeremy Goldstein is a writer, performer, and producer, whose work has been described as “an evocative theatrical wonderland” (Guardian). In 2000, he founded London Artists Projects, commissioning and producing shows with many celebrated artists winning awards including Evening Standard, Fringe First, h.Club, London Cabaret and BBC Audio Drama. In 2012 he was named in Time Out as among the 100 most influential people in UK culture for “proving political theatre can be fun and outrageous”.