All The Sex I've Ever Had
Mammalian Diving Reflex, Darren O’Donnell
You'll understand it when you're older.
Every generation thinks it invented sex, but your grandparents probably have stories that would set your jaw to dropping.
Last year we worked with Canada’s Mammalian Diving Reflex, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Participation team and communities to let scissor wielding school kids play barber to brave Festival-goers. This time around it's seniors in the hot seat as real over-65s drawn from Melbourne's community take to the stage to reveal the high drama and low humour of a long life between the sheets.
From firsts to lasts, life-changing lovers to forgettable duds, the collective roster of intimacy imparted here amounts to a sexual history of Melbourne as told by those who put in the hard yards. In a culture that reserves sex for the young, this is a taboo-busting work making public the privates that rarely get their moment in the sun. More than a mere exercise in titillation, it cuts to the heart of the human need to connect, whatever our age may be.
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004