"Original and unsettling, this play knocks your socks and shoes off with its stark expression of human vulnerability and its shadow side, manipulation."
"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."
"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."
"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."
In the aftermath of a national tragedy, 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 suffering. 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
fortyfive downstairs, Melbourne, February 18-28 2016
fortyfive downstairs Reading Series, Melbourne, August 2015
US-A-UM Play by Play Reading Series, Sydney, October 2014
Melbourne Theatre Company and MKA: Theatre of New Writing NEON UP LATE, July 2014
Darebin Arts Speakeasy Program, Northcote Town Hall, November 2013
Malthouse Theatre Besen Family Artist Program (Writers Development), 2013
Written by Louris van de Geer
Directed by Mark Pritchard
Designed by Romanie Harper, Amelia Lever-Davidson and Chris Wenn
Performers past and present include: Aljin Abella, Fantine Banulski, Syd Brisbane, Anna Burgess, Johnny Carr, Roderick Cairns, Ash Flanders, Emma Hall, Anouk Gleeson-Mead, Paul David Goddard, Natasha Herbert, Emily Milledge, Bridie Noonan, James O'Connell, Stephanie Panozzo, Luke Ryan, Leone White and Matthew Whitty
Other collaborators include: Van Badham, Adena Jacobs, Iain Sinclair, Mark Wilson
Read the feature in The Age
Read an interview with Louris on Theatre People
Read the review on Theatre Press
Read the review in The Australian
Read the review on Australian Stage
This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, The Besen Family Foundation, The Malcolm Robertson Foundation and fortyfive downstairs.