Turning 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.Performers Caroline Craig, Francis Greenslade, Amber McMahon, Hamish Michael, Barry Otto, Alison Whyte, Frank Woodley, David Woods.
Author Tom Wright. Producer Malthouse Melbourne. Company Sydney Theatre Company. Director Michael Kantor. Design Anna Tregloan. Costume Anna Tregloan. Music Iain Grandage. Lighting Paul Jackson.