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Truth to Power

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

This internationally acclaimed performance event is told through memoir, poetry, image, music, film and personal stories from the people of South London in response to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’

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.

Our special line up of participants includes:

Croydon’s first-ever poet laureate, Shaniqua Benjamin

Actress, writer, and head of Cherry Stars, Sharon Ballard

Dancer, choreographer, and head of Beeja, Anusha Subramanyam 

British theatre maker, performer and director, Ursula Martinez

Holistic practitioner and healer, Latiika aka Spiritual Tiik

People of all ages, experiences and backgrounds are invited to take part.  To sign up, send us no more than 100 words in response to the question and we will be in touch. Sign up here!

Truth to Power Café is inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang. 
Created, written and performed by Jeremy Goldstein with Henry Woolf
Directed by Jen Heyes
Banners by Ed Hall
Lighting by Nigel Edwards

“A priceless repository of living social history, wit, wisdom and defiance.”

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

“A haunting lyrical meditation on personal power, family and identity”
The Stage

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

“The revolutionary potential of theatre at its simplest and most direct”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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