Edwina Brumble is the queen of Kings Cross. Morrie Fairway is a big-hearted punter in debt to her. If Morrie doesn't pay the money by the end of the day, he'll be fed to the fish.

Meanwhile country boys Darcy and Brad arrive in the city to make their fortunes. Darcy falls for Mrs Brumble's best girl and ends up in gaol. Brad discovers a pile of trouble when he turns the head of a cross-dressing Southern Preacher. Everybody's fortunes are riding on the nose of a nag running in the fourth at Randwick - Love's Triumph. But in such desperate circumstances, will love triumph?

'Love's Triumph is consistently funny, utterly charming and (sneakily) clever. The laughs are so frequent it's easy to miss the edgier elements of Crawford's text... (it's) darker and funnier, nailing Kings Cross's bohemian romance.' Tim Benzie, Sun Herald, Nov 2, 2003

'This play is a comedy triumph... The issues which consume our media - the underworld, police corruption, racial discrimination, flawed humanity and dysfunctional families are addressed with poetic political incorrectness and brash one-liners.' David Martin, Actors Australia Online, Nov 4, 2003

  • verse comedy
  • 115
  • 8 total
  • 3 female identifying, 5 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Hoover J.

Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 16

EXTRACT: Well, howdy there, my little Downunder friends."That ain't a knife, this is a knife." Hell, I love that guy. And now, friends, if you will allow me, I'd like to expose myself. I am Hoover J. Idiott, Entertainment and Recruitment Officer with the Church of the Holy Union. Let me say right off the top that I love this here town. I mean to say, you got yourselves some sportin' facilities. Woo-hoo! You weren't hidin' behind the door when the good Lord was given out stadiums, that's for damn sure!


Male | 50s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 28

EXTRACT: Good Lady Brumble stands before the mirror/ Adjusting sundry jewels about her breast/ In preparation for the starter's orders/ While I stand sentinel, and hear you whisper/ "Here's a cop as bent as buggery"./ It is the road that's bent, it isn't me./ I am a thorough member of the Force;/ A straight man on a winding bloody course. /Now times are changing and the clever cop/ Will change with them. The little lurks and perks,/ The innocent spice of life to us for years,/ Must now be subtly balanced, shrewdly viewed./

Adult themes


Male | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 56

EXTRACT: I've wandered through the streets since fortune fell/ And chummily I've nodded to the gents/ And doffed me cap and bowed to fancy gals./This money stuff's a marv'lous leveller;/ It levels me some six feet off the ground./ So this is luck! So this is good fortune!/ Fifty thousand beauties in the kit/ And Morrie Fairway is a man of style./ Pity I must hand the booty over;/ Having climbed the ladder to this height/ I now must slide the snake back to the pits./

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