Boy Swallows Universe

Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

Trent Dalton's
Boy Swallows Universe

30 Aug – 9 Oct

Limited Tickets

The blockbuster Australian novel inspired by Dalton’s own childhood comes alive onstage.

World Premiere

Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry
Directed by Sam Strong 

Queensland Theatre (AUS)

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 won't talk and silently 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.


Price

$68 - $110 + Booking fee

Times

Mon, Tue 6.30pm
Wed 1pm, 7:30pm
Thur 7.30pm
Sat 2pm, 7:30pm

Auslan Interpreted: Mon 6 Sept, 6.30pm and Tue 5 Oct, 6:30pm

Audio Described: Sat 18 Sept, 2pm

Play Briefing: Mon 23 Aug, 6pm

Night with the Artists: Mon 6 Sept, 6.30pm

Duration

2 hrs 45 min, including a 20 minute 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

Warnings: Strong coarse language, mature themes, simulated violence, replica guns, depictions of domestic violence, strobe lighting, smoke effects, and the use of e-cigarettes and herbal cigarettes.

We understand the themes may be triggering for some people. If you have any concerns about the content of the play, we encourage you to contact the Box Office on 136 246.

If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are there to help:
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"Extraordinary and beautiful storytelling"

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Trent Dalton's Boy Swallows Universe

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Where

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

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