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    From Friday, 8 October 2021 at 4pm, QPAC will be open and operating at 100% capacity and masks are to be worn at all times.

Queensland Theatre: 2021 Season

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.

Author Trent Dalton
Writer Tim McGarry
Director/Dramaturge Sam Strong
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer/Sound Designer Steve Francis
Video Designer Craig Wilkinson
Movement Director Nerida Matthaei
Fight and Intimacy Director Nigel Poulton
Senior Stage Manager John Reid
Deputy Stage Manager Yanni Dubler
Assistant Stage Manager Margaret Burrows
Associates
Associate Motion Designer Jordan Pena
Assistant Fight Director Sam Valentine
Associate Sound Designer Matthew Erskine

Cast
Eli Bell Joe Klocek
August Bell/Ensemble Tom Yaxley
Lyle Orlik /Brian Robertson/Ensemble Anthony Gooley
Frankie Bell Michala Banas
Bich Dang/Mrs Birkbeck/Ensemble Ngoc Phan
Darren Dang/Ensemble Hoa Xuande
Slim Halliday/Tytus Broz/Ensemble Anthony Phelan
Iwan Krol/ Alex Bermudez/Ensemble Joss McWilliam
Caitlyn Spies/Shelley/Ensemble Ashlee Lollback
Robert Bell/Ensemble Mathew Cooper
Teddy Kallas/Ensemble Andrew Buchanan
Ensemble Charles Ball
Ensemble Hsin-Ju Ely

  • WARNING:

    This play contains strong coarse language, mature themes, simulated violence, replica guns and depictions of domestic violence. It also contains strobe lighting, theatrical smoke effects, and the use of e-cigarettes and herbal cigarettes.

  • WARNING CONT:

    We understand the themes may be triggering for some people. If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are there to help: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 Lifeline: 13 11 14

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Presented by Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Festival and QPAC



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PREVIEW PERFORMANCES i ALL TICKETS $68
WEEKDAY PREMIUM $89 A-RESERVE $80
WEEKEND i PREMIUM $99 A-RESERVE $90
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WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND i ADMISSION $71
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Boy Swallows Universe Souvenir Program

  • Boy Swallows Universe Souvenir Program

    Don’t forget to pick up your exclusive Souvenir Program for the world premiere theatre event of the year – Boy Swallows Universe. Available only at the QPAC merchandise stand.