By Louris van de Geer
"Original and unsettling, this play knocks your socks and shoes off with its stark expression of human vulnerability and its shadow side, manipulation."
- Australian Stage
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.
One of Melbourne Writers Festival’s ’30 under 30’ best young writers, Louris van de Geer is developing a reputation as one of the most thrilling and imaginative new voices in theatre. Following the success of Tuesday and Hello There We’ve Been Waiting For You, this bold new play brings Louris’ distinctive lens and cruel humour to bear on a world that makes celebrities out of victims, only to watch them fall apart.
Rich, disturbing and darkly funny, Triumph is a radical piece of new local writing, and a theatre event not to be missed.
Written by Louris van de Geer
Directed by Mark Pritchard
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
Image by Pier Carthew
Cast includes Aljin Abella, Syd Brisbane, Anouk Gleeson-Mead, Emma Hall, and Leone White
"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."
"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
"(van de Geer's) writing lets her audience continually question and re-evaluate what they are seeing as they are drawn deeper, and more personally, into her stories. The result is a theatre that's engaging and fascinating and so complex that it's impossible to consciously take all of it in."
- Sometimes Melbourne
"Triumph is a dark look at how we are constantly looking for connections to other people, even if it is through tragedy or deceit...Van De Geer’s thought-provoking script allows you to come to your own conclusions as to how we should regard these people."
- Theatre Press
"Triumph is a perfectly balanced, beguiling piece of theatre that demands both empathy and condemnation of the characters onstage…van de Geer’s script is masterfully constructed."
- Theatre People