Truth to Power at Hull Minster

Photo: Sarah Hickson

What would you say if someone asked you who – or what – has power over you? 

Well it’s a question Hull people of all ages, beliefs, and backgrounds have been invited to answer in Truth to Power Café before a live audience at Hull Minster on Saturday June 1. 

Will they address their parents, a sibling, politician, lover, landlord, neighbour, boss, banker, best friend or someone else? 

Whoever it is, 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. The Gang included project creator Jeremy Goldstein’s late father Mick, and poet polymath Henry Woolf, who at 89 is the last surviving member of the Gang, and whose poetry Jeremy performs in the show as the real-life son of the Hackney Gang.

Featuring memoir, images, poetry, music and live theatre, it’s been described as ‘unforgettable’, ‘extraordinary’ and ‘deeply empowering’ – and some very familiar Hull faces will be taking to the stage to talk about the power in their lives. 

Jeremy, artist and producer behind the project, commented:

“Partly the reason I created the show was to be heard. 

“After 30 years working in the arts, I didn’t feel I had a voice in society, so I wanted to create a platform which I could share with like-minded people. It takes a lot of courage, humility, and trust from participants to be in the show, particularly from people who’ve never spoken up in public before, and with that comes respect.

“It’s only an hour, incredible value at £3, and it might just make you feel hopeful and put a spring in your step!”

Louise Yates, Back to Ours Director, added: 

“Our May half-term festival is all about power and revolution, and Truth to Power Café is the perfect example of this. 

“It’s theatre at its simplest and most direct, allowing people to speak out about subjects that are incredibly personal to them – let’s face it; the world’s in turmoil and truth is hard to come by, which is why it’s more relevant now than ever.

“I’m prepared to be surprised, moved and uplifted by the stories we’re going to hear in Hull Minster – it’s definitely the kind of evening where people will look back and say, ‘I’m so glad I was there.’”

Last tickets for Truth to Power Café are priced at £3, and available from Follow the team on Facebook, twitter and Instagram @BTOHull for all the latest info. 

[Christina Lewis – Back To Ours]