Brisbane Festival and QUT present



24 - 28 Sept | Theatre Republic - The Loft



Joel Bray (AUS)

"A candy-coloured camp extravagance, which meshed the impact of colonisation with the quest for love in the Grindr era." ABC

Joel has daddy issues.

And his cravings for father figures leave him wanting more.

Don’t tell his dentist, but he’s looking to live the sweet life. But behind the sugar hits there’s a need that can never be sated.

Last year, Joel invited strangers into his hotel room for Biladurang. This year, he probes one of the paradoxes of our age: when so much is on offer, why are we left so desiring?

From the idyll of childhood reminiscence to the excesses of queer adulthood, Joel’s story proves that a sweet tooth is a dangerous thing. 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.

Daddy is a sweet feast with a deadly aftertaste.


This performance contains coarse language, sexual references, nudity, explicit sexual content. Haze, strobe effects and powdered sugar are used. Suitable for audiences 18+ years. Patrons are advised that the performance invites audiences to move around the space with limited seating available. If you require a seat, please request one with an usher on the night.

Cast & Creatives

Creator, Choreographer, Performer Joel Bray

Composition and Sound Design Naretha Williams

Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis

Set and Costume Design James Lew

Collaborating Director Stephen Nicolazzo

Collaborating Choreographer Niharika Senapati

Dramaturgy SJ Norman

Audio Technical Support Daniel Nixon

Lighting Associate Nicholas Moloney

Piano Niv Marinberg

Voices Josh Price and Jason Tamiru

Technical & Stage Manager Cecily Rabey

Producer Josh Wright

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.


This event concluded in 2019.

Duration : 75 minutes

Theatre Republic - The Loft

The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries
Musk Avenue
QLD 4059

$20 - $35

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