Dublin Theatre Festival

The National Theatre

The Morning After Optimism

By Tom Murphy

Venue Abbey Theatre

Directed by Gerard Stembridge
Designed by Blaithín Sheerin
Lighting design by Paul Keogan
Costume design by Joan O'Clery
Cast Alan Leech, Mikel Murfi, Laura Murphy and Jasmine Russell

Proudly supported by

The British Council
'The Morning After Optimism' Proudly supported by<br><br>Stena Line

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The Morning After Optimism

The Morning After Optimism
is a surreal fantasy about false hopes and the death of illusions which impair our ability to deal with reality. Set in a forest, the play begins with the arrival of James and Rosie, a pimp and a whore. World-weary and insecure, Rosie and James are grown-up children trying to emerge into adulthood. In the forest they encounter the fairytale-like Edmund and Anastasia and as the story unfolds we are led through a manic-comic adventure that ends in tears and an escape from the tyranny of the idealised self.

The Abbey Theatre will be hosting a series of special events and initiatives during the Tom Murphy season. These will include a public interview with Tom Murphy conducted by Michael Billington, and a concert of music drawn from the plays of Tom Murphy.

There will be pre-show talks and panel discussions each night except Mondays. All events to be held in the Abbey and Peacock theatres are free of charge.

"It must surely be the most original and one of the most moving and impressive plays to have been presented by the Abbey in the past quarter of a century"
The Irish Times

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