Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarryDirected by Sam Strong Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival World Premiere
The blockbuster Australian novel comes alive onstage
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 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, 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.
Designer Renée MulderLighting Designer Ben HughesComposer/Sound Designer Steve FrancisVideo Designer Craig WilkinsonMovement Director Nerida Matthaei
CastEli Bell Joe Klocek
Presented By Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival, in association with QPAC
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