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Desperate Optimists and Dublin Theatre Festival
Ireland

Tom and Vera

Written and directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor

Venue Samuel Beckett Theatre
Date 24 Sep - 29 Sep 
Duration 85 mins



Cast Janice Condon, Alan Howley, Caitriona Ni Mhurchu
Costume Design Caroline Harrington
Lighting Design Stephen Dodd
Production Design Dom Brennan
Hair and Make Up Beth Young

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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 Irish-born 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.

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