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The Royal Exchange Theatre and London Artists Projects are inviting people to participate in TRUTH TO POWER CAFÉ. Up to twenty Mancunians will appear over two nights on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April

Truth to Power Cafe at Royal Exchange Theatre Theatre 26th-27th April 2019 from Jeremy Goldstein for LAP on Vimeo.

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.

To take part in the event please register your interest by signing up via the website with no more than 150 words about who you are and what you’d like to say in response to the question. If you have any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TRUTH TO POWER CAFE comes to the Royal Exchange Theatre 26 - 27 April. More information. Book tickets.

Truth to Power Cafe at Royal Exchange Theatre 26th-27th April 2019 from Jeremy Goldstein for LAP on Vimeo.