What do you wish you’d been taught (or, not) about sex and relationships? Over the last year, playwright Neela Doležalová asked friends and strangers these questions, and they shared their memories and stories. From students to teachers, and doctors to former education secretaries, Neela has listened to people from their teens to their nineties and edited nearly 100 voices into a 60-minute show.
Directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, these very personal interviews form the content for a play that will make you laugh, cry, wince and possibly snort. The interviews have been edited to capture the essence of each voice and the actors perform whilst listening to the recorded material through headphones. This technique allows every breath, every utterance, every idiosyncratic detail of the speaker to be captured by the performer. Once you’ve heard ‘The Talk’, you won’t forget it.
Headphone verbatim theatre is an intimate storytelling method, allowing the audience to enter into other people’s worlds. So, sit back and listen as strangers, politicians, campaigners and school children tell you about their experiences of sex education. From Ed Balls and Nicky Morgan, to inquisitive 11-year-olds and angry 15-year-olds.
Yes, this is political theatre, because sex is political.
What audiences are saying about ‘The Talk’:
‘Utterly brilliant… superb cast.’
‘Fucking great project.’
‘Kind of scary.’
‘A tour de force through 50 years of confusion, ignorance and occasional enlightenment.’
Please note: This show is mostly comprised of people’s personal stories relating to sex and relationship education. Due to the nature of the topic, the show contains content about sexual assault and/or violence.
Images © Keara Stewart / Photography by Chouette Films