Joel Bray in Homo Pentecostus
Photograph: Vladimir Poplavskis

This new Malthouse production explores queer identity against the backdrop of the Pentecostal Church

Go on a breathtaking journey toward personal truth

By Saskia Morrison-Thiagu for Time Out in association with Malthouse Theatre

Imagine the terror of having to hide your queer identity within the confines of a 1990s Pentecostal Church. That’s the journey that talented actor, dancer and writer Joel Bray takes his audiences on in Homo Pentecostus. A story of hiding one's true self due to shame and a society that doesn’t let you spread your wings.

Homo Pentecostus blends music, movement and even humour to peel back the layers of the conflict between the church and queer identity. From humble church halls to vibrant disco dance floors, this creative exploration of the self is a testament to resilience, love, and personal truth.

Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man and queer man whose works are intimate encounters in unorthodox spaces, inviting the audience to join him in exploring the intersections of Indigenous heritage, faith and queer sexuality. 

Starring Joel Bray and Peter Paltos, Homo Pentecostus is playing a short run at the Malthouse Theatre from May 10-25. It’s also the show’s first run, so make sure you get in early before word catches on about how wonderful it is. Tickets range from $35-$85. Plus, grab a preview ticket and save up to $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, head to the Malthouse Theatre website.

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