‘TRUTH TO POWER CAFE’ is a 60-minute performance event devised by award-winning theatre maker Jeremy Goldstein and directed by Jen Heyes coming to Cambridge Junction, Wednesday 25 September 2019 . 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?’
to date over 200 participants have taken part in the project in THREE LANGUAGES IN four countries. over THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS WE ARE TOURING THE UK PLAYING THEATRES, COMMUNITY CENTRES, AND TOWN HALLS.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS OF ALL beliefs, EXPERIENCES AND BACKGROUNDS TO TAKE PART. FOR MORE INFORMATION READ ON, OR SIMPLY SIGN UP HERE for the Cambridge Junction date (25 Sept), BY SENDING US NO MORE THAN 150 WORDS ON WHO YOU ARE, AND WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY IN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION.
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 14+ can take part in the event. Participants respond to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’ in their own voice, and in no more than 500-600 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, ethnicity, homelessness, addiction, climate change, loneliness, advertising, sexual abuse, migration, grief, fear, depression, love, HIV, bullies, family, class, autism, down syndrome, asylum and war. Many of our participants speak 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 our online archive.