Have you packed your 'GO BAG' yet? Or perhaps you are as angry as I am about the Australian Government using FEAR as an election campaign? Personally living in terror seems somewhat stupid to me. And it all leads me to ask whether even with these 'provisions for terror' would we actually be any safer? I mean let's face it, how would sunscreen and a roll of toilet paper have helped you if you were working in the World Trade Center on 9/11?
Texan playwright Kirk Lynn asks a similar question in the play we saw last night - Major Bomb (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb) - with respect to his own government's helpful suggestions. (The US Government cleverly advise duct tape and a tarpaulin - to wrap yourself up inside in the case of a 'dirty bomb' which of course comes complete with radiation that can penetrate fucking CONCRETE.)
Major Bomb is a fabulously witty play, full of great social comment on the type of questions this ridiculous 'war on a style' has provoked. It returns 'unattended backpacks' to their rightful place - the lost and found desk. It questions exactly how many more everyday things we must be afraid of - backpacks, planes, men of Middle Eastern descent, trains, buses, mail (and now cars apparently)?
Steve Ciuffo, one of the two talented performers is a professional magician. This means that sleight of hand is incorporated into the show - along with card tricks, levitation and lightening fast costume changes. Magic seems a good metaphor for the US government's handing of this war on terror. As the play points out, when the US began this campaign, it was estimated there were around 1000 Al Qaeda members, and now, it has been CONSERVATIVELY tallied that there have been more than 652,000 Iraqi deaths. I doubt their birth rate is able to account for that sort of growth - must be magic (or one hell of a ridiculous amount of 'collateral damage').
This is politically motivated comedy at its funniest - there's even synchronized semaphore flagging.
And for once, it's someone talking about terrorism in a way that wont make you angry.