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Tom and Vera: Desperate Optimists and Dublin Theatre Festival

"Audacious and distinctive" Empire on Civic Life

Tom and Vera Dublin Theatre Festival 2013

Sept 24 - Sept 28: Samuel Beckett Theatre

Tom and Vera worked hard and played by the rules. Very much in love and in the prime of their lives they saved and invested, bought health insurance and managed their pension contributions. Their plans were measured and their future was solid

How quickly things change.

Cast adrift in an unfamiliar landscape of default notices, repossession procedures and stomach ulcers, Tom and Vera are pushed to the very edge. Not the kind of people to take things lying down and feeling they have nothing left to lose, they don a disguise, arm themselves with a gun, and set out to right a great wrong.

Desperate Optimists is a creative partnership between Irishborn artists Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, who create work together for film, the internet, galleries and live performance. With Tom and Vera they return to their geographic and artistic roots with this refreshing and darkly comic take on the impact of the financial crisis on two ordinary lives.

Contains strong language and scenes of an adult nature.

Supported by the Irish Theatre Trust.

Talking Theatre: Spet 27, post-show. with Joe Lawlor.

Duration: Approx. 85 mins. No interval.

Written and Directed by:

  • Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor


  • Janyce Condon
  • Alan Howley
  • Caitriona Ni Mhurchu

Production Design:

  • Dom Brennan

Costume Design:

  • Caroline Harrington

Lighting Design:

  • Stephen Dodd

Hair and Make-up:

  • Beth Young

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