The Perilous Adventures of an Unfulfilled Full Stop
Short Pitch:A highly original satirical take on the modern world using the way language works to showcase the patent absurdity of the free marketeers
I guess it all started with the letters that were delivered way back then. They lay there, unattended, unopened, gathering dust for some unmeasured time, sitting on the metaphorical rug, mat or carpet, or whatever lay behind that door. Eventually though, the door was opened, and the dust was stirred, and hands reached down and picked those letters up and those hands opened the letters and the letters opened into words and the words opened into sentences, then the sentences into paragraphs, and the paragraphs into chapters and the chapters into parts and the parts into the whole which was greater than the parts and the tales were then told around the fire to keep the fearsome night at bay, at bedtime, downtime, sometimes simply quiet times, but it all started way back then with the letters.’
All the characters in the show came back on to the stage and bowed as the entire audience, already giving rapturous applause, rose as one and cries of bravo were heard repetitively at the end of the show.
Zero and Stopper were sat at a table with some other characters discussing the finer points of the show they had just seen.
‘Interesting take on the evolution of language relating to the upright stance, the free use of hands and language as deception, I thought,’ replied Stopper. ‘On one level that is, being a multilevel narrative I’m still pondering the others.
‘Hmm,’ Zero said, ‘the level I caught on to I thought was rather more about the history of sub consciousness, more about ourselves, you might say, than about the others. Hey Stopper, somebody’s paging you.’
‘Hey Stopper, there’s a letter for you.’
‘Just the one’ asked Stopper? ‘Okay, what we got here.’ “A word in your rear Stopper, we need an investigation into the reasons for the breaking up of the language, and we want you to handle it, meet us in the Semantic club, two nights hence.” Hmm, thought Stopper. Word in your rear indeed, I’ve not been sentenced yet, Semantic club sounds interesting.
‘Well this looks interesting.’ Stopper said looking up from the letter he’d been handed.
‘What’s that then?’ Zero asked.
‘They want me to investigate problems with the words, it seems there’s a creeping problem they say here, that there seems to be a limited number of words being used more and more, which is also limiting opportunities for letters. This in itself is creating a dearth of interest, or stimulus for everyone else, which is likely to be a forewarning of oncoming problems.’
‘So they want you to look into it.’
‘So it would appear, seems there’s some meeting with the lower case letters and punctuation marks too, who are a bit worried about the seemingly unstoppable rise of acronyms and abbreviations and the consequences for the letters and punctuation marks themselves. They reckon that that’s probably a good place to start, so I’ll likely pop down there tomorrow.’
‘Are you coming back?’
‘Yes, you want to go now?’
‘Yes, that crossword filling capital is kind of gliding over here and I’d like to escape before he gets us in his grid.’
‘Okay, Zero, let’s get out of here.’
So Stopper and Zero made a quiet but efficient exit.
Posted: 20/08/2011 15:57:29