Considerable Sexual License

Northcote Town Hall
5—15 May $35

Considerable Sexual License

Joel Bray Dance

Come in, slip into something a little more comfortable. Let all those inhibitions go baby. We’re getting… pre-colonial.

Let proud Wiradjuri man Joel Bray and his talented team of collaborators take you on a flirty, filthy and passionate look at the true history of sensuality down under.

Rejecting the conservative straightness of sexual politics in Australia, this provocative performance blends cabaret, comedy, and choreography. It tempts you to explore your own history and relationship to sex, sexuality and personal freedom, while celebrating Country, community, consent and kinship.

Don’t believe what you’ve heard: the sexual revolution started well before the 60s.

The Sat 15 May 2pm performance will be followed by a seated Q&A.

Daddy demonstrated that we are indeed living in a blak queer cultural renaissance. And while there are struggles yet to come, unique perspectives are finally being celebrated.
Timah Ball, ABC Arts on Daddy

Dates & Times

  • Previews Wed 05 May 8pm
  • Thu 06 May 8pm
  • Opening Night Fri 07 May 8pm
  • Season Sat 08 May 8pm
  • Sun 09 May 6pm
  • Wed 12 May 8pm
  • Thu 13 May 8pm
  • Sat 15 May 2pm
  • Sat 15 May 8pm

Runtime: 1 hr


  • Full $35
  • Concession/Students $28
  • Previews $25
  • Groups 4+ $28
  • Darebin Resident $30

Transaction fees may apply

Key Artists

Joel Bray (Wiradjuri), Carly Shepard (Wallangamma/Takalaka)


  • Direction & Choreography: Joel Bray
  • Performers: Carly Sheppard, Niharika Senapati, Daniel Newell and Joel Bray
  • Composition & Sound Designer: Daniel Nixon
  • Collaborating Director and Dramaturg: Stephen Nicolazzo
  • Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis
  • Lighting Associate: Rachel Lee
  • Designer: Nathan Burmeister
  • Technical Production & Stage Management: Lucie Sutherland
  • Executive Producer: Alison Halit
  • Program Producer: Lucie Sutherland


Wheelchair Accessible Auslan Interpreted

Thu 13 May, 8pm


Contains full frontal nudity, strong adult themes and coarse language.

Considerable Sexual License is a participatory dance piece. The audience are invited to freely move around the Main Hall whilst the performers move among the audience. There will be limited seating available, for those patrons that require a seat.

There will be no touch during this performance except between performers. We ask the audience to please be aware of the need to keep a safe distance between the performers and audience. Audience capacity has been capped inline with DHHS regulations at 2 people per square metre.


Suitable for ages 18+

Additional Info

Presented by Darebin Speakeasy in association with YIRRAMBOI Festival.

Considerable Sexual License is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, the City of Darebin through Darebin Arts Speakeasy Program, the City of Melbourne through Arthouse and BlakDance, through BlakForm. BlakForm is funded through Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

With residency and partnership support from YIRRAMBOI Festival, PACT and Lucy Guerin Inc.

Joel Bray is supported by Chunky Move and the Tanja Liedtke Foundation through Chunky Move’s 2021/22 Choreographer In Residence program.

Photo by Pier Carthew & Daniel Boud.