Queensland Theatre: 2021 Season

Single tickets will go on sale in 2021

Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry
Directed by Sam Strong
Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival Premiere

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 loosely 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.

Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer/Sound Designer Steve Francis
Video Designer Craig Wilkinson
Movement Director Nerida Matthaei

Eli Bell
Joe Klocek


    Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry contains adult themes including violence and drug use. High level frequent coarse language.

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Presented by Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival, in association with QPAC

Pricing Guide

Sat Evening Adult $110 Senior^ $104 Concession^^ $96 Youth^^^ $35
Mon to Fri Evenings Adult $104 Senior^ $99 Concession^^ $91Youth^^^ $35
Matinee Adult $96 Senior^ $91 Concession^^ $84Youth^^^ $35
Preview Performances i Adult $68 Senior^ $68 Concession^^ $68 Youth^^^ $35
Sat Evening i Adult $96
Mon to Fri Evenings i Adult $91
Matinee i Adult $84
Preview Performances i Adult $68

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