Optimism

Production still for "Optimism". L-R: David Woods, Frank Woodley, Barry Otto, Alison Whyte. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Optimism

By Tom Wright

22 May 2009 – 13 June 2009 Merlyn Theatre

Written after Voltaire

Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh International Festival,

Commission New Writing Theatre International Tour

Turning a quizzical eye to the woes of the heart and reeking with scandal and scurrilous vice, this world premiere production transforms Voltaire's classic satire of enlightened insanity, Candide, into a cutting commentary on the 'no-worries' bravura of the Australian swagger.

This production toured to the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Scotland for the Edinburgh International Festival (15-17 August), and was also STC's Sydney Festival offering in 2010 (9 January - 20 February).

Production still for "Optimism". L-R: Frank Woodley, Caroline Craig. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Optimism". L-R: Frank Woodley, Barry Otto, Caroline Craig, Francis Greenslade, Amber McMahon. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Optimism". L-R: David Woods, Francis Greenslade, Amber McMahon, Hamish Michael, Barry Otto, Frank Woodley, Alison Whyte. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Optimism". L-R: Alison Whyte, Hamish Michael, Frank Woodley, David Woods. Photographer: Jeff Busby
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Production still for "Optimism". L-R: Frank Woodley, Caroline Craig. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Optimism". L-R: Frank Woodley, Barry Otto, Caroline Craig, Francis Greenslade, Amber McMahon. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Optimism". L-R: David Woods, Francis Greenslade, Amber McMahon, Hamish Michael, Barry Otto, Frank Woodley, Alison Whyte. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Optimism". L-R: Alison Whyte, Hamish Michael, Frank Woodley, David Woods. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Cast

Frank Wood

Frank Wood

Actor

Barry Otto

Barry Otto

Actor

Alison Whyte

Alison Whyte

Actor

David Woods

David Woods

Actor

Amber McMahon

Amber McMahon

Actor (Melbourne and Edinburgh seasons)

Amanda Bishop

Actor (Sydney season)

Creatives

Anna Tregloan

Anna Tregloan

Set Designer, Costume Designer

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Playwright

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Iain Grandage

Iain Grandage

Musician, Composer

Luke George

Luke George

Choreographer

Michael Kantor

Michael Kantor

Director

Francois Voltaire

Writer, Author

Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith

Sound Designer

Sarah Giles

Sarah Giles

Assistant Director

Claire Bourke

Claire Bourke

Stage Manager

Melanie Stanton

Melanie Stanton

Assistant Stage Manager

Ryan Paine

Mechanist

Sarah Grubb

Sarah Grubb

Assistant Stage Manager

Perry Smith

Mechanist

Acknowledgements

A Malthouse Theatre commission.