A tender, comic ode to the tyranny of work and the pressures of modern living. Its 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. Combining elements of clown, physical comedy, visual vernacular, dance and animation. 'Withered Optimism' is an arresting visual spectacle about the way we live now.