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Optimism archiveTurning a quizzical eye to the woes of the heart and reeking with scandal and scurrilous vice, Optimism transforms Voltaire's classic satire of enlightened insanity, Candide, into a cutting commentary on the no-worries bravura of the Australian swagger. Australian comedian Frank Woodley leads a wonderful bunch of clowns in this remarkable road trip. Religion, sex, disease and philosophy all cross our hero's path as he travels across five continents through a multitude of moods. Join the criminally cheerful Candide for an optimistic journey to Utopia and back.


Author: Tom Wright
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

Archive listings for Optimism

Work type: Play.


Producer Malthouse Melbourne. Company Sydney Theatre Company. Director Michael Kantor. Design Anna Tregloan. Costume Anna Tregloan. Music Iain Grandage. Lighting Paul Jackson. Performer Caroline Craig. Performer Francis Greenslade. Performer Amber McMahon. Performer Hamish Michael. Performer Barry Otto. Performer Alison Whyte. Performer Frank Woodley. Performer David Woods.
15 Aug 09 to 17 Aug 09Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh :: V604
listing details L102827934
9 Aug 09 to 11 Aug 09Roundhouse, West End :: V242
listing details L1338032854

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