Boy Swallows Universe (audio described)


Date 18 Sep 2021

Time 14:00 PM


Address Playhouse, QPAC Grey Street and Melbourne Street, South Brisbane , QLD

Phone 07 3840 7466


Image of a small bird set against a psychedelic background

Audio Described Saturday 18 September at 2pm

Playhouse, QPAC
Grey Street and Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Box Office: 3840 7466
Companion Cards accepted – please mention Audio Description when booking

Playwright: Trent Dalton
Adapted for Stage by: Tim McGarry
Director: Sam Strong
Cast includes: Joe Klocek

Duration: 3 hours including interval
Content Warning: Coarse language, mature themes and the use of e-cigarettes.

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 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.