Penny's Pals 2016

Tue 13 September 2016


We’re delighted that during the run of Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer we’ll be hosting a programme of The Truth to Power Cafe Events featuring the people below, Penny’s Pals.

Wed 21 Sep:

Ash Kotak is a poet and playwright. His rom-com play Hijra was first performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Bush Theatre, London and explores the hypocrisy of the Hindu acceptance of transgender persons yet not LGB people.

Alex Craddock is an activist and leading advocate for PrEP availability and a member of Act Up London. He makes regular trips to the Jungle, supporting refugees in the Calais camp.

Tim Redfern is the frustrated artist responsible for London’s favourite bearded and environmentally conscious drag queen Timberlina.

Franco Milazzo is Editor-in-Chief of This Is Cabaret and writes for Arti Bravi and Londonist. He was the keynote speaker for Cabaret Conference 2016.

Kerrise Stewart is a Transforming Women’s Justice Case Worker for Women in Prison and has completed her Masters in Applied Theatre and the Criminal Justice System.

Thu 22 Sep:

Lois Keidan is co-founder and director of the Live Art Development Agency and from 1992-97 was director of Live Arts at the ICA. She has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by Darlington College of Arts and Queen Mary, University of London, and an Honorary Doctorate by University of Gothenburg.

Imogen Butler-Cole is a theatre-maker and trainer in creativity and communication skills whose new play Foreign Body will premiere at Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival in March 2017.

Clare Farrell is a fashion designer and consultant within the ethical clothing sectors. Her work encompasses textile sustainability, environmental, social justice, political activism and art.

Tamsin Omond is a British author, environmental activist, actor and journalist. She has campaigned on climate change and her protests have seen her banned from Parliament and shut down three airports.

Phoebe Thomas-Weeks, 20-year-old joint honours English and Drama student from Suffolk. Entering second year of studies at Queen Mary University of London. Aspiring theatre director and general arts enthusiast.

Chantel C is a spoken word artist, writer, podcaster and cultural curator who seeks truth and purpose in all things.

Fri 23 Sep:

Shaun Levin is the author of Seven Sweet Things and Snapshots of the Boy, amongst other books. There’s more to see at

Vera Chok is an actor, writer and performance maker particularly interested in sex, shame, race, loss, connection, and comedy. On the page or live, she manipulates language and space to create experiential pieces.

Georgia Bondy is a Chemistry Masters student at UCL, and filmmaker and photographer. Her short film Uncolour Me Curious was screened at the 2014 Vienna Biofiction Film Festival, and last year her portraits featured in Sons of Blighty exhibition in East London.

Matthew Todd is a playwright, stand-up comedian and award-winning journalist. He is the author of Straight Jacket – How To Be Gay and Happy, and the play Blowing Whistles. He was editor of Attitude from 2008 – 2016.

Mathilde Hawkins is 16 and from Brixton. She studies at the French Lycée in London, and believes power comes from her and ordinary people. She says ‘much of my thought converges to the same question. How can the young people of today create an atmosphere for change?’

Lyall Hakaraia is the founder and director of VFD – the original queer community space in Dalston. He has curated events at the ICA, Barbican and Glastonbury and is currently collating a book and editing a film about creating community through art, parties, performance and inspiring people.

Sat 24 Sep:

Dan Glass is an award-winning writer, cabaret performer, human rights campaigner and LGBT and ACT UP London activist.

Patrick Cash is a writer, activist and spoken word poet living in London. He runs Spoken Word London and the monthly forum Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs with 56 Dean Street. As a playwright his works include The Clinic, Queers, The Chemsex Monologues and Superficial.

Paula Varjack is an artist whose recent show Show Me The Money – explores the obstacles in making a living in the arts. Her debut prose & poetry collection Letters I Never Sent to You will be published in October by Burning Eye Books.

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for 49 years on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and social justice. His inspirations include Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst and Martin Luther King. He is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Tamsyn Kelly is a drama school graduate, actress and comedienne who has written and produced her own one-woman show. She performs stand up with the Soho Theatre Young Company.

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