In Repertoire

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and FRINGE WORLD 2019

The Talk

“Funny, toe-curlingly frank, and immensely insightful” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (UK).

My brother came out after an episode of ‘The L Word’.
As the credits closed on Carmen going down on a leggy blonde in a nightclub, he said, “I’m like that. I do that.”
My mother and I looked at each other, confused.
“Cunnilingis?” I offered, and laughed.
“No!” He said, standing up and rolling up his blanket. “Gay. I do gay. I’m gay. I do gay sex.”

The Talk is a terribly undomesticated evening. It’s one account of what happens when you start talking about sex with your family: what ‘the talk’ is, and what it shouldn’t be.

A hilarious live twist on the family dinner, audiences are invited to become the artist’s family and re-enact real conversations about sex, sexuality and love. What follows is an awkward, intimate and explicit conversation laying bare the taboos of sex, relationships and family dynamics. The Talk is participatory theatre at its most tender, unapologetic and best. Bring your mum.


Created and Performed – Mish Grigor
Collaborating Artists – Jess Olivieri and Anne Thompson

This project was originally commissioned for Field Theory’s Site Is Set with development supported by the Australia Council of the Arts through residencies at Campbelltown Arts Centre and Metro Arts. Thanks to Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
18-25 January 2019

Post show Q&A
20 Jan 2pm

Image Jess Olivieri

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.