THE THING whatever happened to OSIRIS?

A BLACK COMEDY
being a cycle in eight parts
with a slightly criminal coda
(quickly recanted)

copyright T.H.A. Hassan,
the ZKH Foundation for Holistic Human Development
16,Zenab Kamel Hassan Street, Dokki,12311, Cairo, EGYPT
tel/fax 20 2 7491481

"The Thing" had very successful perfomances in the Durham Festival of Student Drama, 1968 with students and graduates from London University and LSE under the direction of Mike Simpson,the group having been trained together before by Sebastian Bergman, it was subsequently performed in London, supported by Roland Muldoon of agitprop, and in other parts of the UK always with a wonderful reception.


I - the thing

the movements of the piece
I-the thing
II-water music on bodiesburg
III-march of the modified men
IV-scherzo
V-scherzetto
VI- expiation and praise
VII- finale con brio with a slightly criminal coda quickly recanted
the thing the thing the thing!
oh the thing
the thing is IT
the thing and nothing but the thing
long live the thing
hurrah for the thing
what is the thing?
the books say
the thing is ......THE THING
and the wisdom of the ages
...and sages
worn out pages cages museum pieces masterpieces THE THING
the thing IS
the thing is our SALVATION permutation castration
the thing is the isness that is not before the essence of
the meaningfulness of reason before
existence existing apple cart before the apple donkey before the horse cart
after the equi-histamopholous oblong
wheel was invented
(pythaphagoranamus 2)
THE THING IS MYSTERIOUS
the thing the thing the thing
oh the thing what is the thing?
LET US SPEAK ABOUT THE THING
........................PATIENTLY
think
see
hear
let us read
let us write
LET US FIGHT
about the thing
for a month
a year
a century
or two
or four
or eight
or ninety eight
or eighty four
the thing the thing the thing
oh the thing
sh sh sh sh sh sh sh sh sh sh sh
be composed
contained
comely
demure
BE GRAVE
AND WORSHIP


WORSHIP
the thing
PATIENTLY
Kara wesha wesha wesha
wesha wesha wesha wesha
wesha wesha wesha wesha
(prayer)

.....,......,........,...,......,
.....,.....,....;......,.....;...
....,....;....;....,....;....,...
..and then
LET US SPEAK
of IT
over tea
butter scotch
or L.S.D.
or
what is the fashion today
with it?
the thing the thing the thing
oh the thing
what is the fashion with IT
the thing
today?
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II-water music on bodiesburg
let the fear of death fill the earth with death
said the defeated giant
on his death bed
AND IT WAS SO!
and the dead giant laughed
MORE!
and was made again
in the minds of men
a lie
MORE!
and was made again
with the flesh and blood of men
in the minds of men
a lie
MORE!
....and their children
MORE!
...and they danced in the graveyard
MORE!
...and they feasted
on pus
MORE!
they danced.....
of modified joy
and the giant laughed

MORE!
MORE!
MORE!
...and they celebrated
...a modified festival
for they had made
A MODIFIED MAN
on bodiesburg..

LONG LIVE THE SUBSTITUTE!
we fear not life!
we fear not death!
for we are dead before we live or die..
..for a lie
on bodiesburg

and the dead giant laughed
my conqueror slaughters himself
for fear
of me!
for fear of a picture
a delusion
murmured a blossoming tree and Laing*
A PICTURE

would that flowers could speak to a man
and seeds
and shoots and roots
and leaves
A PICTURE!
but they danced and drank a toast
on bodiesburg for they had made
A MODIFIED MAN!
LONG LIVE THE SUBSTITUTE!
they cheered
.....and they played
water music..
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III - march of the modified men

LONG LIVE THE SUBSTITUTE
the plastic substitute
the automatic substitute
the polished substitute
the illustrious electronic picnotic monochromatic
the photographic substitute
the predictable substitute
the four legged substitute
the four walled substitute
the four wheeled substitute
the colored screen substitute
the accepted
acknowledged
safety tested
government standards
international seminar
the LEGAL substitute
LONG LIVE THE SUBSTITUTE!
we are the plastic men the automatic men the polished men
the illustrious men the electronic men the controlled men
the accepted men the acknowledged men the government standards men
the safety tested men the international seminar men
THE LEGAL men!
do dodo do.. (trumpet)
let us STUDY
the thing!
we ARE legal men
the thing the thing the thing
oh the thing
let us
discuss
the thing
let us forever...
be

devoted
to
the thing
(tears..
are app...
..ropriate..
..at this point)
let us
think
upon the thing
the REAL thing

do dodo do.....dododosoldomi so..............l (trumpet)

? ? ?

??????????

?????????????

?????????????????

LET US FIGHT
for the thing
the REAL thing!
Hurrah for the faithful
Hurrah for the brave


COME AND FIGHT
for the thing
the REAL thing


do dodo do....dododosoldomi sol.......... (trumpet again!)
We are the plastic men the automatic men the
polished men the illustrious men the electronic men
the controlled men the accepted men the acknowledged men
the government standards men the safety tested men
the international seminar men
the LEGAL men
and we FIGHT
for the thing!
do dodo do..
dododosoldomi sol.. (trumpet)
LEGALLY
do dodo do.. (trumpet yet again)
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IV- scherzo
the BLACK ages are over now
and the dark ones too

... and those terrible times
far far away -in OTHER lands-
of tyranny ...
are over now ..

Hurrah ! man at last is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
to think upon the thing
or to view and review .. the thing
for it is now -at last-
an ENLIGHTENED age !
it IS an enlightened age
and free
if only we could
guard ourselves ...
from treason and crime
from enemies and slime
from subversion perversion permutation
from hackers and from grime
let's always rid the house of criminals
and in it stay
FREE
at last
enlightened and FREE for to think upon the thing
_______________________________________

IV-(b) scherzetto
the CRIMINALS are dying
or are dead
dum da da da ................. (trumpets and drums)
they are always caught -thank God-
by the faithful
the dedicated
the SELFLESS
by philosophers
.. and by the book
dum da da da ................
but they struggle at their execution
and hurt our feelings so
and it is their LEGAL execution
the tasteless brutes
they shake the foundations of our legal house
the tasteless brutes
our free and legal house
where we stay and think
upon the thing ..
oh they hurt our feelings so the tasteless brutes
but tolerant we must be
and full of legal charity
for such is the W I C K E D nature of man
and lucky are we
who can stay legal and clean
for to think
upon the thing
THE CRIMINALS ARE DEAD
thank God
Hurrah
dum da da da ...................(trumpets and drums)
________________________________________

V- purification of the body politic
homage to the legal stake or ?cross

THE CRIMINALS ARE DEAD
thank God
Hurrah

dum da da da..................(trumpets and drums)

..and a criminal said
as he slowly died
impaled on a legal stake
my kiss is for the child
the rebel child
for to live and love
his pulsating self
or for to CHOOSE
not to be
a philosopher
or a king..

the age is liberal
and WE are free
even a CRIMINAL man
is allowed a defence
(if it is short)

"I asked a tree about the thing
..and she blossomed
so did I..?"
......and died with the others
on a legal stake

we are open
we are free
we shall deliberate upon the matter
we shall deliberate upon the thing
(for it becomes men
who are enlightened and free
to be devoted
.....to the thing
..................
and even hear
a criminal's defence
...every now and then..)
LET US DELIBERATE UPON.....
.....
..... this thing
MORE!
let us deliberate and think
or perhaps exude a BOOK or two
or three
.....or a thousand and three
or better still a web site and a search engine
for our age is enlightened and free
AND L I T E R A T E !
________________________________________
VI- expiation and praise
tum ta ta ta..tata tatatata ta.... (trumpets and drums)
let's make yesterday's criminals saints today
tum ta ta ta.. tata tatatata ta.......
WE ARE GUILTY
so the prophets say
AND WICKED TOO
tum ta ta ta......
let's relieve some guilt
redress some wrong
when it is safe
oh how elevating to the soul
let's have them in glass coffins
preserved
with flowers and holy colours
their flesh is marble cold now
oh lovely marble clean
with formaline
their blood is stagnant now
like a summer lake
summer lake stagnant
oh how elevating to the soul
oh how safe!
let us STUDY these great men and women
in glass boxes
marble clean
summer-lake stagnant
formaline safe
...............SAINTLY
and when we have finished
we shall write a book
or two
or three
or a thousand and three
the thing the thing the thing
LONG LIVE the thing.............................SAINTLY

tum ta ta ta......
________________________________________
VII- finale con brio
with a slightly criminal coda
(quickly recanted)

Man Man! lucky man
enlightened and free
jump man
dance man
and rock with glee
YOU ARE R I C H E R
by a thousand books
or a thousand and three..
and a billion electronic sites:
the thing as seen through a purple light
the thing as seen through a laser beam
the thing reduced to its atomic make-up
the thing reduced to its sub-atomic make-up
the thing temporal extemporate secular and ex-temple
the thing as seen through professor von Bronkenheusen's
lanolin shampoo 5 pence off or just pay five more dollars and get
a bulk delivery
WISDOM about the thing
statistics about the thing
vital statistics of the thing
supra-vital statistics of the thing
true and false about the thing
true and false about statistics of the thing
a thousand ways to the thing
a thousand and one ways to the thing
on the logical basis of the thing
on the criticism of the logical basis of the thing
the true road to the thing
on the nature of the thing
another true road to the thing

the biochemical physico-magnetic
socio-economic religio-panoramic
optico-fantastic psycho-mydriatic
manquo-palambotic celico-psychedelic
relationships of the thing

________________________________________
the thing the thing the thing
Hurrah
THE THING
HURRAH for MAN
enlightened and FREE
the criminals die
(legally without fuss)
and the shelves of knowledge
grow richer
WITH BOOKS
hurrah
and thousands of BOOKS
Hurrah
on THE THING
________________________________________

..and a barren tree walked to the mountain of books
...and asked to read
about the thing
..I once knew
the thing -she sighed-
..I BLOSSOMED
but I forgot
or I am
afraid..

RESPECT MY WEAKNESS!
PLEASE!
LET ME READ........
.......or WRITE.......
or perchance FIGHT?

for the thing

PLEASE !


 

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