'The first revolutionary act is to call something by its true name.'

Rosa Luxemburg

True Name is an activist theatre company, using theatre as a means to find solutions to and connections between the interconnected ecological and social problems we face in the world. 

Through storytelling, we aim to illuminate connections, grow communities, and discover true names for the experiences we encounter around us:


'In the deep past, people knew names had power. Some still do. Calling things by their true names cuts through the lies that excuse, buffer, muddle, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness. It’s not all there is to changing the world, but it’s a key step.'  - Rebecca Solnit




Pleasance Islington

15 April-2 May 2020

"Look at us both. Proper grown women. Like kids on a Saturday night, waiting for our kids to come bail us out."


1995. Brightlingsea. A small port in rural Essex. Residents wake up to lorries thundering through the town, carrying live captive animals in horrendous conditions. A motley crew of mums, grannies, and skiving school kids unite; they know they have to do something to stop it.
Over the next 10 months, the unlikely group becomes committed and remarkable activists, facing arrest and encountering the brunt of police brutality. Humane - a new play by Polly Creed, directed by Imy Wyatt Corner - tells their true story.

Supported by the Cockayne Foundation.
Produced by True Name Theatre and Pleasance

Photography by Ali Wright

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