written by Louris van de Geer
directed by Mark Pritchard
In the aftermath of a terrorist attack, a young woman becomes a hero. From beneath the smoke and rubble of anonymity she emerges with a story of struggle so inspiring that the world can’t help but listen. She becomes our greatest ambassador – an advocate for the suffering, a warrior against those enemies of justice. If only her story were true.
Inspired by real stories of fake victims, Triumph plunges headlong into the politics of struggle in the post-9/11 world. Survivors become saints; drop-outs become poster-boys; mothers parade their sick children in search of a spotlight. Hilarious and deeply unsettling, Triumph turns lying on its head to ask why we choose to play the victim, and what lies buried underneath.
Set & Costume Design by Romanie Harper
Lighting Design by Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Design by Chris Wenn
Stage Manager/Production Manager Kate Brennan
Producers Jillian McKeague and Sam Butterworth
Promotional Images by Pier Carthew
Production Photography by Sarah Walker
Cast includes Aljin Abella, Syd Brisbane, Anouk Gleeson-Mead, Emma Hall, and Leone White
Produced by New Working Group at fortyfivedownstairs (2015)
"Strong drama, a short intense wonderfully realized work, admirable in the way it refuses to judge or sensationalise some of our most mysterious behaviours. Fabulously and refreshingly understated."
- Australian Stage
"That these disparate, savage pieces deepen and darken one another is a testament to the skill of the playwright, who has taken an abstract concept and wrung real pathos from it...The entire production is indicative of a healthy and rigorous independent sector…"
- Time Out
"Triumph digs into deeply unsettled terrain, unearthing a story of suffering, survival, and a desperate longing to be heard above the chatter"
- Arts Hub