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Wed 24 Feb 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Thu 25 Feb 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Fri 26 Feb 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat 27 Feb 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sun 28 Feb 2016, 3:00pm–4:30pm

Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $35.00
  • concession: $28.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: magda

Why do we make celebrities out of victims? Why do we give more love to those in pain?

Louris van de Geer’s thrilling new play takes us into the world of famous frauds – people who play the victim in order to gain the sacred status of being a ‘survivor’. Triumph is inspired by true stories – firstly that of Tania Head, the woman who pretended to have escaped the twin towers and lost her husband, whose fake story of triumph over adversity rang louder than those of the real survivors. Then there’s an exploration of Munchausen by Proxy, where a mother makes her daughter sick so they can both live in a constant state of victimhood and admiration.

Triumph guides us through a series of stories cut straight from the headlines that speak about the culture of celebrity victimhood engulfing the post 9-11 world.

Adventurous in form, non-linear in structure, and deeply theatrical, Triumph is a radical piece of new writing for theatre. It is a play about career victims, who wear tragedy like a badge of honour – and the audience that loves them for it. A hilarious, disturbing and enthralling new work that delves into the darker deceptions of modern civilisation to relish in glory of performing our pain.