08–12 May $15–30 1 hr
KIN Commissions

Joel Bray has made quite a name for himself inviting strangers into his hotel room for Biladurang. A solo dance cabaret drawing on the creation story of the platypus and his own complicated identity – Blak, white, queer – Joel’s hilarious and bittersweet show won Melbourne Fringe’s Best Performance Award. Since then, he’s been busy performing at major festivals across the country.

In this YIRRAMBOI World Premiere, Joel is back, and he’s got ‘daddy’ issues. His cravings for father figures and paternal connection – from candy-coated childhood innocence to saccharine queer adulthood – leave him consumed with desire and wanting more. The sugar fixes leave cavities, gnawing away at him. Featuring Joel’s trademarks of disarming humour, dance and unexpected audience participation, Daddy is a confessional laced with lollipop-psychology and the sugar crash of post-colonisation.

Joel is of Wiradjuri, Scottish and English heritage. His choreography and dance draws from Wiradjuri ways of making work: durational, site-specific and cross-genre. With an extensive international CV having been based for ten years in Tel Aviv, Joel has also performed and toured extensively with CHUNKY MOVE.

You can also catch Daddy in a special Arts House double bill with the latest work from preeminent choreographer Vicki Van Hout, plenty serious TALK TALK.

Bray reclaims and reinterprets this traditional rite through the context of performance and theatre … the journey is deeply emotional to witness.Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age


Wheelchair Accessible Auslan Interpreted

Auslan interpreted performance Sun 12 May 6.30pm


Adult themes including nudity, explicit sexual content.
This show is standing only. Some seating provided.
Work may be triggering for some audiences, please contact Arts House if you have concerns.
Please note, the works uses confectionary including powdered sugar.


  • Creator and Performer: Joel Bray
  • Set & Costume: James Lew
  • Composition & Sound Design: Naretha Williams
  • Lighting & AV Design: Katie Sfetkidis
  • Collaborating Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
  • Collaborating Performer: Niharika Senapati
  • Cultural Dramaturgy: SJ Norman
  • Producer: Josh Wright

Additional Info

Daddy was commissioned by the City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI Festival, Arts House and the Arts Grants Program. It was developed as a KIN Commission for presentation at YIRRAMBOI Festival 2019 and the Liveworks Festival supported by Performance Space.