TRUTH TO POWER CAFE is a 60-minute performance event devised by award-winning theatre maker Jeremy Goldstein and directed by Jen Heyes. The event is intercut with monologue, poetry, image, music, memoir, and live and spontaneous testimony from participants speaking truth to power in response to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’
Speaking truth to power has its roots in the anti-war movement as a non-violent means of conflict resolution. In our era of fake-news, alternative fact and post-truth, speaking truth to power 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, neighbour, religious leader, boss, banker, or simply your best friend? It’s time to tell them the truth before it’s too late.
Participants of all beliefs and backgrounds aged 16+ can take part in the event, and will have up to five minutes to respond to the question in their own words before a live audience.
We encourage participants to interpret the question in ways which are meaningful to them. Past participants have spoken from the personal, professional and the political, addressing themes and topics such as sexuality, homelessness, addiction, environment, loneliness, advertising, sexual abuse, grief, fear, depression, love, HIV, bullies, familial relationships, class, autism, down syndrome, asylum and war. Many of our participants have spoken of power as a force for good in their lives.
All participants are photographed by leading UK photographer Sarah Hickson whose portraits are projected into the show itself, and gifted to participants after the event. Participants’ portraits and stories are also preserved for all time in an online archive.