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
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
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