The Flying Nun by Brand X presents 

Hillsong Boy

Created by Scott Parker and Felicity Nicol

Filmed on (23 March 2024) in front of a live audience at the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, Darlinghurst.

About the Show

Father, Son, Holy Megachurch

Hillsong has fallen. Brian Houston dethroned. His dynasty disgraced.

Hillsong Boy chronicles the weird and wonderful experiences of ex-Hillsonger, Scott Parker. During his twenty years with the megachurch he experienced the dizzying heights of Christian celebrity, and the lonely lows of being cast aside, all whilst keeping a desperate secret. Scott is queer, and there’s no such thing as a Queer Hillsong Boy.

Original music, autobiography, multimedia, and a leap of faith all collide in this playful revelation of coming out and getting out of one of the most talked about church movements of the 21st Century.

A Hillsong boy through and through, Scott has stories to tell, so pull up a pew and join us for a queer holy communion.

About the Artists

Scott Parker is a theatre maker from Gadigal land (Sydney) and founder of Matriark Theatre, creating original work for young audiences. Highlights include: Eerie Street Pod (Queensland Theatre, Create NSW); Urza and the Song in the Dark (Arts on Tour, Create NSW); The Secret World (Australia Council, FRRR), The Lighthouse at the End of the World (Critical Stages), UnVoiced Pod (Bondi Pavilion). As a performer Scott has worked with CDP, Ninefold, PVI Collective, Mortal Fools (UK), Life and Limb (UK) and Tatwood Puppets (UK). He holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts, and attended L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier (FRA).

Felicity Nicol is an award-winning Performance Director from Sydney, Australia. A graduate NIDA’s Directing MA, she has worked internationally with Ontroerend Goed (BEL), Punchdrunk & Gecko Physical Theatre (UK), Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN) and The Torontonians (CAN). Locally, she’s worked with ATYP, Matriark Theatre, PACT & Milk Crate Theatre. Felicity’s practice is about shifting assumptions of audiences by changing power dynamics and social contracts. She is a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship, Sandra Bates Directors Award and Penny Cook Creative Associate.


Mature content, sexual themes, mild language, ideologically sensitive themes.

Brand X acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that East Sydney Community and Arts Centre (ESCAC) is on unceded land. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Show Credits
  • Created by Scott Parker and Felicity Nicol
  • Director Felicity Nicol
  • Performed by Scott Parker, Felicity Nicol, and Dave Molloy
  • Producer Robbi James
  • Lighting Designer Benjamin Brockman
  • Composer & Sound Designer Kathryn Roberts Parker
  • Recording Musicians Kathryn Roberts Parker and Nick Morrow
  • Stage Manager & Operator Roman Benedict.

Music credits
  • ‘Other Than’ song by Scott Parker

Special thanks from the Hillsong Boy team to Leichhardt Uniting Church for their generous support of the production. 

Image credit: Kate Williams

Video Credits
  • Filmed by Douglas Walker
  • Edited By Douglas Walker

Brand X Staff 2024:
  • James Winter - Director
  • Sam Johnson - Operations Manager
  • Tara Morelos - Executive Administrator
  • Chris Davis - ESCAC Coordinator
  • Aesha Henderson - Program Manager
  • Ian Sinclair - Program Coordinator
  • Charlotte Otton - Program Administrator
  • Fiona Boidi - Marketing Manager
  • Sophie Davis - Marketing Coordinator
  • Aditya Raina - Digital Marketing Coordinator
  • Douglas Walker - Facilities Manager
  • John Palmeri - Facilities Coordinator
  • Jamie Exworth - Theatre Technician
  • Jess Smallwood Audio - Technician
  • Iris Higginbotham - Technician
  • Johannes Muljana - IT Manager

Board of Management:
  • Dale Hollingsworth – Chair
  • John Hughes – Treasurer
  • Clara Klemski - Secretary
  • Rebecca Angel
  • Jodie Wainwright

Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel:
  • Dan Graham - Chair
  • Amy Claire Mills
  • Gayle Kennedy
  • Eugenie Lee
  • Dean Nash
  • Danni Wright

Special thanks to:
  • Dino Dimitriadis
  • Jane McKernan
  • Cassie Hamilton
  • Lisa Walton
  • Huy Nguyen

Brand X is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and the City of Sydney 


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