Truth to Power Café

Speaking truth to power has its origins in the anti-war movement, and 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, religious leader, boss, banker or simply your best friend? It’s time to tell them the truth before it’s too late.


This interactive, participant-driven performance is intercut with multimedia — monologue, poetry, image, music, memoir and spontaneous testimony from participants who rise up in the name of speaking truth to power, as well as political and cultural activism. Participants of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds have up to five minutes to respond to the central question —“who has power over you, and what do you want to say to them?” — before a live audience. This year alone, over 100 participants have taken part in Australia, UK, Croatia and The Netherlands.

‘Truth to Power Café’ is inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Nobel prize winning playwright Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang. Friends for over sixty years, the Gang included project creator Jeremy Goldstein’s late father Mick Goldstein, and poet polymath Henry Woolf, who at 88 is the last surviving member of the Gang, and whose poetry Goldstein performs in the show as the real-life son of the Hackney Gang.

Creator and Host: Jeremy Goldstein Verse: Henry Woolf Director: Jen Heyes Photography: Sarah Hickson Lighting: Nigel Edwards Banners: Ed Hall Music: David Bowie and Sven Ratzke

“It was as moving as any play, and because everyone involved spoke unedited and retained control over what they said – unlike in verbatim theatre – it felt entirely authentic.”The Guardian