Boy Swallows Universe | Queensland Theatre
Playhouse, QPAC

In a nutshell

The blockbuster Australian novel bursts onto the stage

Queensland Theatre is reaching out to all ticket holders and waitlist members with this information and will follow up with the 2021 details this September.

Please note: Boy Swallows Universe will now be part of Brisbane Festival 2021. Existing ticket holders will be contacted to arrange transfers from the original season which was postponed due to COVID-19.

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.

Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival premiere


    Designer Renée Mulder

    Lighting Designer Ben Hughes

    Composer/Sound Designer Steve Francis

    Video Designer Craig Wilkinson

    Movement Director Nerida Matthaei

    Supported by Brisbane City Council

    Made possible by the generous support of the Visionaries Landmark Productions Fund