Trigger Warning is a solo work that offers insight into the dark heart of contemporary life for women who suffer violence, both outside & within Australia’s borders.

Trigger Warning is a verbal and sonic study recollecting deeply traumatic events. The script is inspired by the testimony of a refugee and survivor of the Balkan War, and by the voices of other women survivors of war zones.

Trigger Warning contains demanding subject material, using symbolic and sensory languages to take the audience on a journey reflecting sharply on potent current debates.

This work is timely, as violence, racism and intolerance proliferates in our society, notably towards women and refugees. It offers audiences different pathways to consider these urgent issues.

Trigger Warning is a fearless study that explores trauma and its lasting effects. We travel into the mind and body of a woman who has survived the horrors of war. She tells a story that demands to be heard.

  • non-naturalistic
  • 60
  • 1 total
  • 1 female identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 24

EXTRACT: ...We are in the car when they ambush us. I am in the back, and my husband, he is looking to the right, to see if the road is clear while talking to me from the front seat, talking about the place we are heading to, how we will be there soon and everything will be Ok...We…We are all listening…all of us…then in mid sentence I watch as parts of him go in one direction and other parts in another…

Adult themes


Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 18

EXTRACT: Where are my feet? He's following me on the street. Not from round here. No. Right. Left. Nowhere to go. He's following me on the street. He asks me: What's the time? What's the time darling? Hey, don't I know you? Don't I? Want to feel something? Got an urge to feel something? Just keep walking, keep tripping, but not falling. Where are my fucking feet? Should be safe, it's the street. Behind me he shouts: Youse are the scum of the earth! Youse are all fucking dirt!! I turn, I turn and say, go away! Go away asshole!

Adult language, Adult themes


Trailer for Trigger Warning performed Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts - 2016


PICA Perth - 2016

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