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Truth to Power CaféOn Tour!

Image: Kate Holmes

Truth to Power Café is a profound theatrical reflection on loss, hope and resistance.

This internationally acclaimed work can be presented as a live or digital event – or both.

It is a unique live and online meditation on time, place and community told through memoir, image, poetry, music and film. Participants are invited to speak passionately from the truth of their lived experience in response to the question WHO HAS POWER OVER YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THEM?

People of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds are invited to take part.

Speaking truth to power is a non-violent means of conflict resolution, the origins of which lie in the anti-war movement. In our era of post-truth, and fake-news, speaking truth to power is widely accepted to mean saying something to those in a position of trust or authority who don’t want to hear it.

Is it to your parents, a sibling, politician, lover, landlord, neighbour, religious leader, boss, banker, or simply your best friend? It’s time to tell them the truth, before it’s too late.

Truth to Power Café is inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang. The Gang included Jeremy Goldstein’s late father Mick, and poet polymath Henry Woolf, who at 92 is the sole remaining member of the Gang. For sixty years the Gang maintained their belief in speaking truth to power and remained firmly on the side of the occupied and the disempowered and their allies.

Truth to Power Café has been performed 39 times in 6 countries in 5 languages involving 400 participants and is currently Australia as part of it’s No Borders World Tour 2020/21.

“Compelling and cathartic…dignified and passionate…the essence of live performance” – Review: The Queer Review

“A truly global show that knows no borders…Truth to Power Cafe is part-theatrical performance, part-memoir, part-impassioned activism” – Time Out Sydney

“People power theatre” – Green Left Weekly

Creative Team

Truth to Power Café is a London Artists Projects production.

Created, written and performed by Jeremy Goldstein with Henry Woolf
Directed by Jen Heyes
Associate Directors: Anne-Louise Rentell and Edwin Kemp Attrill
Banners: Ed Hall
Photography: Darren Black and Sarah Hickson (UK); Graham Denholm, Kate Holmes and Ken Leanfore (Australia)
Lighting: Nigel Edwards
Video: Conor MacMahon
Soundtrack: Lewis Biggs

Truth to Power Café is a London Artists Projects production developed with theatre director Jen Heyes and the Harold Pinter Archive at the British Library, London; Soho Theatre, London; Theatre in the Mill, Bradford; Cast, Doncaster; Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; and Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture in The Netherlands.

Supported by Arts Council England and British Council Artists’ International Development Fund.

Upcoming Dates

  • 17th September - Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

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  • 25th-26th February - Rotherham Civic Theatre, UK
    17th March - Norwich Arts Centre, UK
    19th March - Lawrence Batley Theatre, UK