New World Order, or who eats whom

Wednesday, March 18, 1992

New World Order, or who eats whom

For some, the collapse of "socialism" in eastern Europe supports the belief that communism is unworkable, and that people are basically corrupt, or at least corruptible. For supporters of George Bush, it heralds the beginning of the New World Order.

But does it imply that the ideals underpinning Marxism and Leninism are dead?

These are the issues raised and the questions asked by David Carlin, author of the Adelaide Red Shed's Festival production Dog Eat Dog.

To tackle this enormous issue, Carlin uses metaphor. When Gran, the play's hero, embarks on an attempt to discover why her son committed suicide, another journey of discovery is undertaken. Travelling through a surreal and fantastic terrain, Gran experiences both the pain and disillusion of such things as Stalin's brand of communism or the Prague Spring, but she also envisages the possibility of a new and better world.

Carlin's play is, above all, about hope and striving. It ruthlessly confronts the problems and faults that dogged European communism, but it rejects the notion that George Bush's version of the New World Order is our unalterable future.

The play runs until March 21. Discounts for groups of eight or more are available. Bookings through Bass or on (08) 224 0107.

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