Marx and Coca Cola – a play by Nils Schou


A nineteenth century patent medicine originally containing both cocaine and caffeine as stimulants. An estimated 1.8 billion servings of the carbonated soft drink are consumed around the world each day, making Coca-Cola one of the world’s most valuable brands.

Original recipe for Coca-Cola:
· 1 oz caffeine citrate
· 3 oz citric acid
· 1 US fl oz vanilla extract
· 1 US qt lime juice
· 2.5 oz “flavoring,” i.e., “Merchandise 7X”
· 30 lb sugar
· 4 US fl oz fluid extract of coca leaves (flavor essence of the coca leaf).
· 2.5 US gal water
· caramel sufficient to give color

Mix caffeine acid and lime juice in 1 quart boiling water add vanilla and flavoring when cool.


A nineteenth century German economist, historian, philosopher and revolutionary socialist. Important works: Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto. One of the most influential figures in human history.

Defining effects of capitalism on the working class:
· 1 part alienation
· 1 part exploitation
· 1 part dehuminisation

Combine to unite the proletariat in a mass movement until revolution is observed. Allow to rest for fifty years in a cool location.

Marx and Coca Cola: 

A twentieth century Danish play by Nils Schou.
· 2 actors: 1 male – Morten, 1 female – Ida
· 6 scenes with two-year intervals between them

Observe the two characters as they meet during the student protests of ’68; laugh and cry with them over these six scenes until you come to love them. Allow to cool.

One scene from Marx and Coca Cola will feature in [Foreign Affairs]‘ production at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club this Saturday, 23 August. Get your tickets here!

21. August 2014 by Paul
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