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Photo by Darren Black (Jeremy Goldstein)

Photo by Darren Black (Jeremy Goldstein)

   

 

 

THE TRUTH TO POWER CAFE 2017:

'TRUTH TO POWER: THE REVOLUTIONARY POTENTIAL OF THEATRE...AS MOVING AS ANY PLAY...IT FELT ENTIRELY AUTHENTIC' Lyn Gardner, Guardian

 

This year, 100 brave and honest participants of all ages and backgrounds will have 5 minutes each to explore power and responsibility in their daily lives by responding to the question ‘WHO HAS POWER OVER YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THEM?’ before a live audience.

Speaking truth to power has its origins in anti-war pacifism, and these days it is widely accepted to mean saying something to those in authority or position of trust who don’t want to hear.  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.

For dates and to find out how you can take part please write to Jeremy Goldstein

 Photo by Holly Revell (The Truth to Power Cafe at Soho Theatre)

 Photo by Holly Revell (The Truth to Power Cafe at Soho Theatre)

'The Truth to Power Cafe 2017' is presented in association with Index on Censorship, Run- Riot, and The Harold Pinter Archive at The British Library.

Index on Censorship campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide, publishing work by censored writers and artists, promoting debate and monitoring threats to free speech.  

The Harold Pinter Archive has been held at the British Library since 1993. In 2014 more than 100 previously unpublished letters between Pinter, Mick Goldstein and Henry Woolf of the Hackney Gang were placed on public record.

Run-Riot is a free listing of cultural happenings in and around London curated by artists, agitators and writers on the front line.

Thanks to Ash Kotak

‘The Truth to Power Café 2017’ will launch a series of international contemporary events reflecting on Harold Pinter’s Hackney Gang.  In 2018, the series will culminate with the world-premiere of ‘Mick’s Friend’ (working title) by Mick Goldstein which has been adapted by his only son and Café host Jeremy, and Henry Woolf who at 87 was also in the Hackney Gang. Henry describes the Gang ‘as a bunch of determined solipsists’ who took on the bullies and fought with fascists and in 2017 the Café will do the same.  

Photographer unknown (Harold Pinter and Mick Goldstein c. 1952)

Photographer unknown (Harold Pinter and Mick Goldstein c. 1952)

"You’ve got to slide between the living and the dead,
You’ve got to open up the
window in your head,
You’ve got to take the
world and shake it,
Crush it and remake it,
You’ve got to open up
the window in your head,
With love man, with love"

Photo Darren Black (Henry Woolf and Jeremy Goldstein)

Photo Darren Black (Henry Woolf and Jeremy Goldstein)

‘Mick’s Friend’ (working title) has been developed and workshopped with director Jen Heyes at Brisbane Powerhouse Australia, Barbican Centre and Arcola Theatre London as part of an R&D funded by Arts Council England.

"The Truth To Power Cafe is a great concept and context for us to think about power and responsibility, and to give a public voice to people who are not always heard. The night I participated all of the speakers were women and it was inspiring to hear their honesty and openness in talking about issues ranging from mental health to sexual abuse, and talking about them not as victims, but as empowered women with profound things to say to those who hold power over them." Lois Keidan, Director Live Art Development Agency/participant

"The Truth To Power Cafe is a great concept and context for us to think about power and responsibility, and to give a public voice to people who are not always heard. The night I participated all of the speakers were women and it was inspiring to hear their honesty and openness in talking about issues ranging from mental health to sexual abuse, and talking about them not as victims, but as empowered women with profound things to say to those who hold power over them." Lois Keidan, Director Live Art Development Agency/participant

"The Truth To Power Cafe was an extraordinary, cathartic event, full of revelations and how it relates to systems of power within which we operate." Patrick Cash, playwright/participant "Being part of The Truth to Power café was a truly empowering experience. To be given the opportunity to perform and listen to other performances involving such bravery and strength is something I'll never forget!" Phoebe Thomas-Weekes, student/participant

"The Truth To Power Cafe was an extraordinary, cathartic event, full of revelations and how it relates to systems of power within which we operate." Patrick Cash, playwright/participant

"Being part of The Truth to Power café was a truly empowering experience. To be given the opportunity to perform and listen to other performances involving such bravery and strength is something I'll never forget!"
Phoebe Thomas-Weekes, student/participant

"The cafe was a wonderful opportunity to talk about some of my personal issues surrounding power and my disability to an audience that wanted to listen. It was great to not to be coached on what to say or how to say it to fit a predetermined doctrine of power. Overall a cathartic experience."  Georgia Bondy artist/participant "The Truth to the Power cafe is a beautiful concept. It brings together people to hear honest, brave and personal declarations of issues that impact the speakers that share them." Paula Varjack, artist/participant

"The cafe was a wonderful opportunity to talk about some of my personal issues surrounding power and my disability to an audience that wanted to listen. It was great to not to be coached on what to say or how to say it to fit a predetermined doctrine of power. Overall a cathartic experience."  Georgia Bondy artist/participant

"The Truth to the Power cafe is a beautiful concept. It brings together people to hear honest, brave and personal declarations of issues that impact the speakers that share them." Paula Varjack, artist/participant

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