THE TRUTH TO POWER CAFE 2017:
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.
'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 In 2014 more than 100 previously unpublished letters between Pinter, Mick Goldstein and Henry Woolf of the Hackney Gang were placed on public record.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.
"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"
‘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.
PENNY ARCADE LONGING LASTS LONGER:
Penny Arcade is a force of nature. Driven by her magnetic rock’n’roll energy, she strikes a blow against the golden age of stupidity, turning contemporary stand-up on its head to create a crack in the post gentrified landscape.