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Queensland Theatre: 2021 Season
Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry
Directed by Sam Strong
Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival Premiere
The blockbuster Australian novel comes alive on 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 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 a 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.
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer/Sound Designer Steve Francis
Video Designer Craig Wilkinson
Movement Director Nerida Matthaei
Eli Bell Joe Klocek
August Bell Tom Yaxley
Lyle Orlik /Brian Robertson/Ensemble Anthony Gooley
Frankie Bell/Ensemble Michala Banas
Bich Dang/Mrs Birkbeck/Ensemble Ngoc Phan
Darren Dang/Ensemble Hoa Xuande
Slim Halliday/Tytus Broz/Ensemble Anthony Phelan
Iwan Kroll/ Alex Bermudez/Ensemble Joss McWilliam
Caitlyn Spies/Shelley/Ensemble Ashlee Lollback
Robert Bell/Ensemble Mathew Cooper
Teddy Kallas/Ensemble Andrew Buchanan
Ensemble Hsin-Ju Ely
Ensemble Charles Ball
Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry contains high level, frequent coarse language; adult themes including violence, drug use and sexual references.
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