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Boy Swallows Universe Opening Night

See who was at the world premiere of the hit novel’s stage adaptation

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Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry and directed by Sam Strong, had its world premiere in QPAC’s Playhouse as part of Queensland Theatre’s 2021 season and Brisbane Festival. 

The show was preceded by a message on screen from QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas, Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Lee Lewis and Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina, who acknowledged a production of this ambition and scale would not have been possible without all three organisations joining forces. 

Dalton’s opening night message was recorded at Boggo Road Gaol where he thanked Brisbane for making his wildest dreams come true and was met with rapturous applause from the audience.

This is my story, but this play belongs to you [Brisbane]. From Racecourse Road to Darra Station Road; from Bracken Ridge Road to the towers of George Street, this play belongs to you. You built this thing and I thank you for it.” – Trent Dalton.

Opening night guests, which included Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch MP and director Baz Luhrmann to name a few, rushed to their feet at the end of the triumphant performance.

Boy Swallows Universe Curtain Call

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