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Trent Dalton's

Boy Swallows Universe

Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry
Directed by Sam Strong

Dead Blue Wren True Crime Clock Tower

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.

2021 Education Pack

  • Duration
    3 hrs, including interval
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Mon 6 Sep, 6.30pm
    Audio Described Sat 18 Sep, 2pm
  • Play briefing

    Mon 23 Aug, 6pm


  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 6 Sep, 6.30pm

  • Warning

    Coarse language, mature themes and the use of e-cigarettes

  • Duration
    3 hrs, including interval
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Mon 6 Sep, 6.30pm
    Audio Described Sat 18 Sep, 2pm
  • Play briefing

    Mon 23 Aug, 6pm


  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 6 Sep, 6.30pm

  • Warning

    Coarse language, mature themes and the use of e-cigarettes

Creatives

Author Trent Dalton
Writer Tim McGarry
Director
Sam Strong
Designer
Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer
Ben Hughes
Composer/Sound Designer
Steve Francis
Video Designer
Craig Wilkinson
Movement Director
Nerida Matthaei

Cast

Eli Bell Joe Klocek

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