Boy Swallows Universe

Brisbane Festival and Queensland Theatre, in association with QPAC, present

Boy Swallows Universe

By Trent Dalton
Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry

30 Aug – 18 Sept

The blockbuster Australian novel comes alive onstage.

Queensland Theatre (AUS)

World Premiere

Eli Bell’s childhood in the outer Brisbane suburbs is far from the idyllic 1980s haze some kids would remember. His alcoholic dad has shot through, his mum is in jail, his stepfather’s dealing heroin, his brother Gus is a mute who swirls cryptic messages in the air with his finger, and his babysitter Slim is a convicted killer and infamous escapee from Boggo Road Gaol.

Beset by chaos on all sides, it’s a run-in with the local crime king and his henchman that sets the 13 year old with the old soul on a journey to find out what kind of man he is going to be.

Boy Swallows Universe is adapted from the smash hit novel inspired by Brisbane author Trent Dalton’s own childhood. It’s an exhilarating story of magic and madness, of beauty and brutality, of joy and heartbreak, and of the power of love to triumph over the darkest of circumstances.

Tickets are currently only available as part of a Queensland Theatre Season Tickets package


Times

Evenings: Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm

Matinees: Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm

Duration

3 hrs, including interval

Where

Playhouse, QPAC
Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Accessibility

Auslan interpreted events

Audio description

Wheelchair access

Assistive listening systems available

Important Info

Auslan Interpreted: Mon 6 Sept, 6.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 18 Sept, 2pm

Play Briefing: Mon 23 Aug, 6pm

Night with the Artists: Mon 6 Sept, 6.30pm

Warnings: Coarse language, mature themes and the use of e-cigarettes

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"Extraordinary and beautiful storytelling"

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Where

Playhouse, QPAC
Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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