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Joel Bray has daddy issues

And his insatiable cravings for father figures always leave him wanting more.
Don’t tell his dentist, but Joel Bray’s cravings are getting out of hand. He’s looking to live the sweet life, yet the sugar hits of nostalgia and fantasy are all too short-lived, and behind it all there’s a need that can never be sated.
Daddy is the latest work from one of the most electric new figures in Australian dance.
Here he probes one of the paradoxes of our age: when so much is on offer, why are we left so hungry?
From the sugar-coated idyll of childhood reminiscence to the glazed excesses of queer adulthood, Joel’s story proves that a sweet tooth is a dangerous thing. Short-lived highs give way to the inevitable comedowns before the cycle begins all over again. And like a kid in a candy store, an imperial hunger for Aboriginal Australia consumes all it encounters – land, women and children – like fistfuls of sugar.
Hilarious, provocative and heartfelt, this world premiere tickles the nerve endings of desire while prodding the cavities left by colonisation. Featuring Joel Bray’s trademark confection of conversation, dance and all-you-can-eat audience participation, Daddy is a sweet feast with a deadly aftertaste.

"Daddy demonstrated that we are indeed living in a blak queer cultural renaissance."
— Timah Ball, ABC Arts

Daddy was commissioned by the City of Melbourne through Arts House, YIRRAMBOI Festival, and the Arts Grants Program; and by Performance Space, Sydney. It was developed for YIRRAMBOI’s KIN Commissions and the Liveworks Festival 2019. Thanks to the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation for the recordings from the Wiradjuri Language App, based on the research of Dr Stan Grant and Dr John Rudder.



by James Henry

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Dates & Times

When 4-8 Feb | Tue-Sat 8pm | Sat 2pm
Duration 1hr 15m


Full $35.00
Concession $30.00
Early Bird 15% off if purchased prior to 10 Dec


Arts Centre Melbourne - State Theatre Rehearsal Room

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Get directions


Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 14

Event notes


Non-compulsory audience participation, adult themes, explicit sexual content, haze, strobe, low lighting.

This show uses confectionary including copious amounts of powdered sugar.

This show is standing room only, limited priority seating with restricted view is available on request for those who are unable to stand for long periods of time.

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