The much-anticipated adaptation of Trent Dalton’s bestselling debut novel has made its world premiere at QPAC as part of Brisbane Festival 2021, after a 12-month postponement due to COVID-19. Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry and directed by Sam Strong, Boy Swallows Universecaptures the big heart of Dalton’s book and delivers it with inventive stagecraft and cinematic flair.

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Set in the outer suburbs of Brisbane in the 1980s, Boy Swallows Universeis the story of 13-year-old Eli Bell. He barely remembers his dad, his mum is in jail, his stepdad is dealing heroin, his babysitter is a convicted killer, and his brother August refuses to talk, preferring to write cryptic messages in the air with his finger. Eli dreams of becoming a journalist and moving to The Gap but there are a number of things in his way, including local crime king Tytus Broz. The audience follows Eli on his journey from boyhood to manhood as he navigates a world of drugs, incarceration, and violence,...