Trigger warning: Sound element

Streaming Media

Output Type

Original Creative Work


Steamworks Arts, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts & Performing Lines Western Australia


Sally Richardson


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)




Hope, C. (2016). Trigger warning: Sound element. Perth, Western Australia: Steamworks Arts, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts & Performing Lines Western Australia.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/195416967


Part noise concert, part improvised performance, Trigger Warning is a fearless new sonic study into the mind and body of a woman who survived the horrors of war.

In a world defined by our obsession with security and terrorism, why do we turn a blind eye to the 65 million displaced people in the world who seek our protection?

Fuelled with unpredictability and raw energy, this live and loud encounter written and directed by Sally Richardson brings together renowned performer Hayley McElhinney (The Babadook, Sydney Theatre Company’s War of the Roses, Mother Courage and her Children) with composer and new music pioneer Dr Cat Hope, and Lighting Designer Joe Lui.

Trigger Warning is an experience that demands to be seen and heard

From Director's notes:

...This work is inspired by the testimony of a friend, a survivor of the Balkan war, who shared with us her story. As she spoke of her experiences of a war over 25 years ago, what struck me is how her memories and fears have never left her: her experiences are as real and immediate today as they were all those years ago. This traumatic experience has shaped her life every day since. What is also striking is how it's through her senses that she is triggered back into this dark zone, in particular by the sounds she hears...

Additional Information

Trigger warning was performed at Pica Performance Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth Western Australia on 19th and 20th August 2016.

Written & Directed by Sally Richardson

Featuring: Hayley McElhinney

Music/sound/performance: Cat Hope

Lighting/performance: Joe Lui

Movement Director / Production: Laura Boynes

Dramaturg: Francesca Smith

Produced by Steamworks Arts, PICA & Performing Lines WA

Production photography: Gibson Nolte