Trent Dalton's


Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry
Directed by Sam Strong

The blockbuster Australian novel bursts onto the stage.


  • About


    Playhouse, QPAC

    Presented by Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

    Boy Swallows Universe is adapted from the smash hit novel loosely based on 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.

    For more information and tickets, head over to Queensland Theatre.

    Production Photography by David Kelly

  • Creative Team

    Creative Team

    Adapted for the stage by 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
    Fight and Intimacy Director - Nigel Poulton

    Senior Stage Manager - John Reid
    Deputy Stage Manager - Yanni Dubler
    Assistant Stage Manager - Margaret Burrows

    Associate Motion Designer - Jordan Peña
    Assistant Fight Director - Sam Valentine
    Associate Sound Designer - Matthew Erskine

    Camera Operator - Joel Tronoff
    Assistant Video Editor - Nevin Howell

    Eli Bell - Joe Klocek
    August Bell/Ensemble - Tom Yaxley
    Lyle Orlik /Brian Robertson/Ensemble - Anthony Gooley
    Frankie Bell - Michala Banas
    Bich Dang/Mrs Birkbeck/Ensemble - Ngoc Phan
    Darren Dang/Ensemble - Hoa Xuande
    Slim Halliday/Tytus Broz/Ensemble - Anthony Phelan
    Iwan Krol/ Alex Bermudez/Ensemble - Joss McWilliam
    Caitlyn Spies/Shelley/Dr Brennan/Ensemble - Ashlee Lollback
    Robert Bell/Ensemble - Mathew Cooper
    Teddy Kallas/Ensemble - Andrew Buchanan
    Ensemble - Charles Ball
    Ensemble - Hsin-Ju Ely