Boy Swallows Universe


29 Aug - 19 Sept | QPAC - Playhouse


Queensland Theatre (AUS)

A Brisbane Festival and Queensland Theatre co-production

World Premiere

"Extraordinary and beautiful storytelling" The Guardian on Trent Dalton's Boy Swallows Universe

The blockbuster Australian novel bursts onto the stage.

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 ex-druggie 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, a run-in with the local crime king and his henchman sets the 13 year old with the old soul on a journey to find out what kind of a man he is going to be.

Boy Swallows Universe is adapted from the smash hit novel based on 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.

Author Trent Dalton
Writer Tim McGarry
Director Sam Strong
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer/Sound Designer Steve Francis
Video Designer Craig Wilkinson
Movement Director Nerida Matthaei



29 Aug - 19 Sept 2020

Auslan Interpreted
Mon 7 Sept, 6:30pm

Audio Described
Sat 19 Sept, 2pm

Play Briefing
Mon 24 Aug, 6pm

Night With The Artists
Mon 7 Sept, 6:30pm

QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

Currently only available as part of a Queensland Theatre Season Tickets package

Audio Description
Auslan Interpreted
Wheelchair Access

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