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Withered Optimism

Withered Optimism
by Jack Kelly

Supported by Arts Council England, Attenborough Arts Centre, Theatre Deli, Vault Festival.



A tender comic ode to the tyranny of Work.

Combining elements of clown, physical comedy, object manipulation and animation Withered Optimism is an arresting visual spectacle about the way we live now.

It’s put upon protagonist is a hapless millennial dreaming of a simpler life yet stretched to breaking point by the violent centrifuge of the corporate world. When one day the pressure finally gets too much his sanity snaps and he is spun off on a hallucinatory odyssey amongst the flotsam and jetsam of late capitalism.

“This spending of the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it” Henry David Thoreau

“That most rare and tragic of natures mistakes. The average man” The Joker, The Killing Joke, Alan Moore

Told using Physical Comedy and Animation. 12+

VAULT FESTIVAL 2019
MARCH 6th & 7th, 18.00
LONDON
Book tickets


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Performer/Creator
JACK KELLY

Choreography
JUSTYNA JANISZEWSKA & GEORGIA TEGOU

Animation
DAVID BURNETT & HELEN DUFF

Narrative and Dramaturgy
MIKE SHEPHERD, TOM ELLEN, JACK BALDWIN, HELEN DUFF