Speak Your Truth to Power

Who or what has power over you and what do you want to say to them?

This simple but important question is at the heart of performance and digital theatre project – Truth to Power Café – and we’re delighted to be working with them this autumn via Rotherham Children’s Capital of Culture!

Truth to Power Café happens all over the world but this Rotherham café is aimed at local young people aged 14 to 25 – it’s YOU we want to hear from. We want to hear your response – to speak your truth to power.

Whatever way you want to communicate your answer, we’d LOVE to hear from you, and where you’d find it helpful, we can support you to get out what you want to say. Get in touch below if it sounds of interest!

Work from the project will be published in a Truth to Power zine in print and, very excitedly, some of the answers gathered will be picked up and explored further by the mighty Truth to Power Café itself – through a live show at Rotherham Civic Theatre! They will be seeing if anyone wants to get involved in the stage side too.

There are many ways you can approach exploring this question. Your answer can be one that celebrates the powerful and impactful, for example, the influence of a family member on your life and what you’ve learned from them, or it might be a chance to talk to those you feel are accountable for things you want to see changing in the world. The power in question can be anything or anyone – your parents, your town, your mobile phone, fashion, food, the environment, a sibling, a politician, a habit, a group of people, a neighbour, a religious leader, a teacher. Anything at all goes.

Interested? Then please get in touch! Email your 100 to 500 word response to truthtopower@hivesouthyorkshire.com with your name, age, the area of Rotherham you live in, or are from, by Monday 29th November.

You can also sign up to join the Zoom here on the evening of Tuesday 30th to find out about the stage side of the project.

And if you’re 14 to 19, why not consider joining us at Rotherham Young Writers (relaxed, free, friendly & fortnightly!)

Truth to Power Café
Truth to Power Café is an internationally acclaimed performance and digital theatre event inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang. The event is told through memoir, image, poetry, music, and film. It’s created, written and performed by Jeremy Goldstein with Henry Woolf and directed by Jen Heyes.

Children’s Capital of Culture 2025
In 2025 Rotherham will be the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture, designed and delivered by children and young people from Rotherham. In the run-up to 2025, there will be lots of great opportunities for local children and young people, including skills development programmes and job opportunities, creative workshops and events, and exciting projects just like this one! To stay up-to-date with everything that’s happening as part of Children’s Capital of Culture 2025, please visit www.rotherham2025.com/hello