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Truth to Power Café

by Hnin Win
Truth to Power Café

Who has power over you and what would you say to them?

Blacktown Arts presents Jeremy Goldstein’s Truth to Power Café, a profound theatrical reflection on loss, hope and resistance.

This internationally-acclaimed performance event is told through memoir, poetry, image, music, and film. It is a unique live and online meditation on time, place, and community as local participants speak passionately from the truth of their lived experience in response to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’

Truth to Power Café is part of the British Council UK/Australia Season 2021-22 as part of Truth to Power Café No Borders World Tour 2020/21.

Expressions of interest

EOI applications to participate in Truth to Power Café are now open.

Blacktown Arts is calling for people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs with true and authentic stories to tell in response to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’.

You are invited to apply to take part in a live performance of Truth to Power Café, or submit your response as a video. No performance or public-speaking experience necessary.

Live performance participants are paid a small fee for their participation, and each receive a professional black and white photo portrait taken at the event.

EOI applications close on 27 August. Participants will be notified in September.

Apply here

*Please note: When submitting your EOI you will be directed to a website in the UK which is where Truth to Power Café is based.


Jeremy Goldstein’s Truth to Power Café comes to Blacktown Arts as part of its No Borders World Tour. After celebrated seasons in six countries and recent shows at Adelaide Festival Centre, Riverside Theatres and Brisbane Powerhouse, The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre becomes home to powerful storytelling from the people of our city.

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, alternative fact and fake-news, speaking truth to power is widely accepted to mean saying something to those in a 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.

Truth to Power Café is inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Nobel prize winning playwright Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang. Truth to Power Café is a London Artists Projects production developed with theatre director Jen Heyes and Harold Pinter Archive at the British Library London; Theatre in the Mill Bradford; Soho Theatre London; Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Australia; and Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture in The Netherlands.

The duration of each performance is 60 minutes.

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
Performance dates and times will be released shortly.

‘I’d like to see structural injustices addressed’
Source: Conway Hall, UK

Daisy and Scarlett
‘We want to ask people to be kind’
Source: London Festival of Architecture, UK

‘My grandma’s love has great power over me’
Source: Gulbenkian Arts Centre, UK

Image: Kate Holmes