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.

  • drama
  • 75
  • 5 total
  • 3 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre



In Louris van de Geer's play Triumph, characters connect through pain


Inspired by true stories, Triumph's three parts are set in a survivor support group following a 911-type horror, a hospital where doctors can't diagnose a teenager, and a forest where two men are almost cheerfully digging two graves.


Original and unsettling, this play knocks your socks and shoes off with its stark expression of human vulnerability and its shadow side, manipulation. Victims have their own power, a perverted, cannibalistic power, certainly, but victimhood comes with a pay-off.

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