Trent Dalton’s Love Stories

8 - 29 Sep 2024
Playhouse, QPAC
1 hour 40 minutes
(no interval, subject to change without notice)
$79 - $99 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

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Adapted by Tim McGarry, with additional writing and story by Trent Dalton and Fiona Franzmann. Directed by Sam Strong.

Get ready to fall in love all over again. This restless city has a story to tell.

“I believe in touch. I believe in song. I believe she remembers him. I believe the perfect girl can always meet the perfect boy. I believe we are not alone in the universe.”

A father prepares himself for the day he lets go of his daughter’s hand. A young man breaks up with his girlfriend so they can both follow their dreams. A couple play nice in public to hide the fractures at home. A woman rebuilds herself along with a flood-devastated city. A working mum contemplates taking the photographs of her late husband down from the fridge. A grandmother dreams of seeing her grandson’s face. A renowned 100-year-old scientist ponders the one great earthly puzzle he was never able to solve: 'What is love?'

Inspired by a personal moment of profound love and generosity, bestselling author – and one of Australia's finest journalists – Trent Dalton spent two months in 2021 gathering stories on his sky-blue 1960s Olivetti typewriter, on a prominent street corner in Brisbane’s CBD. Speaking to Australians from all walks of life, he asked them one simple thing: 'Can you please tell me a love story?'

What followed was Dalton’s unashamedly joyous collection of Love Stories, and the creative team behind the smash-hit page-to-stage adaptation of Boy Swallows Universe (director Sam Strong and writer Tim McGarry) reuniting to bring to life Dalton’s latest warm, wise, poignant, funny and moving story about love, in all its guises.

Presented by QPAC and Brisbane Festival

This season of Love Stories is proudly supported by QPAC Principal Partner MinterEllison.
Brisbane Festival is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland.


To book the below accessibility enhanced performances please call QTIX Group Sales: (07) 3840 7466 or email groups@qtix.com.au.

Auslan Interpreted

  • Thu 19 Sep 2024, 7:00 PM
  • Sat 21 Sep 2024, 1:00 PM

Selected performances are professionally signed by Auslan interpreters.

Audio Described

  • Sat 28 Sep 2024, 1:00 PM

Trained Audio Describers provide a commentary with concise descriptions of actions, expressions and gestures to compliment the theatre experience for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Description is relayed via a discreet headset linked to the infrared audio system.

Love is a universal access point to the soul. Get any earthling from anywhere on earth talking about what they love and you will get them talking deeply about their life. Because love is life. To tell a love story is to tell a story of your life. Maybe the defining story. Pain. Glory. Rage. Regret. Sorrow. Passion. Joy. Wonder. Meaning. Love. Life. All of life can be found in a single stranger’s love story. And all of life can be found in this play.
Trent Dalton

Creative Team

  • Additional Writing Trent Dalton and Fiona Franzmann
  • Adaptor Tim McGarry
  • Director/Dramaturg Sam Strong
  • Choreographer & Movement Director Nerida Matthaei
  • Associate Director Ngoc Phan
  • Set & Costume Design Renee Mulder
  • Lighting Design Ben Hughes
  • Video Design Craig Wilkinson
  • Composition & Sound Design Stephen Francis

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