** At the time of announcement this is an ONLINE only event — however, subject to future government guidance, Conway Hall and Bloomsbury Festival may make physical tickets available. If this becomes possible we will announce it here, and existing ticket holders will be contacted directly. Please register for an online ticket using the “Book Now” link **
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Jeremy Goldstein’s Truth to Power Café is a profound reflection on loss, hope and resistance told through memoir, image, poetry, music, and live and spontaneous testimony from participants with stories to tell 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 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.
This internationally acclaimed performance event is inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Nobel prize winning playwright Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang. The Hackney Gang included Jeremy Goldstein’s late father Mick Goldstein, and poet polymath and sole surviving member of The Hackney Gang Henry Woolf. For sixty years The Hackney Gang were on the side of the occupied and the disempowered and their allies. It is these people we invite to take part in the show.
Up to ten participants will be cast in advance from the communities of Bloomsbury Festival and Conway Hall. There is no audience participation.
Created by Jeremy Goldstein
Directed by Jen Heyes
Verse Henry Woolf
Photography Sarah Hickson (UK) Kate Holmes (Australia)
Banners Ed Hall
Lighting Nigel Edwards
Video Conor MacMahon
Music David Bowie arranged by Sven Ratzke
“The revolutionary potential of theatre at its simplest and most direct.” Lyn Gardner, Guardian
“A priceless repository of living social history, wit, wisdom and defiance.” Attitude
“Hits the core of humanity and all of what is going on in the world.” Metro
“Jeremy Goldstein’s genre-busting roadshow presents a line-up of extraordinary individuals with the power to inspire.” Jewish Renaissance
Age guidance: 14+