Mum attempts a convo about ‘the birds & bees’ with her tween. The Talk that ensues is illuminating.

It’s 2023, and Mum reckons the “birds and the bees” chat should flow a bit easier these days. Especially since she’s still a bit hip and her tween Son was raised in Melbourne’s inner north.

Mum expects that this cringe-worthy rite of passage will go down best with a casual approach. However, The Talk doesn’t unfold as she envisaged. Ideas are challenged, boundaries are stretched, and life experiences (or lack thereof) are put under the spotlight.

The Talk is an irreverent peek at the delicate relationship between mother and son. Weaving between funny, painful and endearing, it becomes an illuminating experience for them both.

Content Warnings: The Talk is recommended for Audience over the age of 10, it contains mature themes and occasional course language.

Written by Amber and River Hart

Performed by Amber and River Hart, with Lindsay & Indy Gaines

Dramaturgy by Emma Fawcett

Directorial Assistance by Martin Brüggeman

Image by Darren Gill

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.

This Exploration has been supported by the Australian Design and Fine Arts Society’s Yarra Young and Emerging Arts Fund.