Adelaide Fringe 2020: Conspiracy Theory – A Lizard’s Tale

Who: Marlon Soloman

Where: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide – Colony Room

How much: $27

We’ve all fallen into an internet rabbit-hole at least once in our lives about one conspiracy theory or another. Many people have questioned the events of the JFK assassination, the moon landing, or the pizzas at Chuck E. Cheese (if you know, you know).

Marlon Solomon had a fairly relaxed Jewish upbringing in Manchester and as he grew up, he began to notice all these anti-Semitic theories popping up with the advent of the internet and social media.

Conspiracy: A Lizard’s Tale explores what is labelled systemic conspiracies, beliefs that people hold that indicate the inherent ‘evil’ omnipresent in the system, spouted by the likes of David Icke and Alex Jones.

There truly were some ludicrous theories in the show that Solomon explores that flabbergasted me, but it’s important to understand and question why people hold genuine beliefs surrounding Zionism, reptilian shapeshifters, and Nazi sympathisers. How do we dismantle that belief system? What can we do to stop the spread of this fake news?

The rise of Holocaust deniers and those believing in an all-powerful Zionist takeover in the 21st century are now occupying stadium tours and fuelling mega-popular radio shows. What Marlon is questioning is how are there so many now walking among us, with not a single anti-racist picketer in sight?

While this show has its light-hearted moments, Conspiracy still addresses incredibly dark topics, so be prepared to face some fairly intense footage and extreme beliefs. Expect to leave the room with the urge to tell everyone of what you’ve learned, and a deeper understanding of the toxicity of conspiracies, and how damaging they can be in society.

3 out of 5 stars.

Milly Farmer

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