THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS
by Chris Goode
from SIXTY-SIX BOOKS: 21st-Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible
Sixty-Six Books: 21st-Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible was first performed at the Bush Theatre in London on 10 October 2011. On 14 and 28 October, the sixty-six texts were performed back-to-back in an all-night vigil at the Bush. On 28 October they were performed complete at Westminster Abbey.
Sixty-Six Books is a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. Sixty-six writers were commissioned to interpret a book from the KJV for the twenty-first century. They include playwrights, poets, novelists and songwriters differing in gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and faith. The Loss of All Things is Chris Goode’s response to the ‘Philippians’. TIM is a thirteen-year-old boy in Year 9. His best friend is Paul, who is thinking about killing himself. Instead, TIM wants to keep Paul alive in a room at the back of the cellar to practise his experiments on, just like he did with the family dog.
…when I was younger, couple of years ago, and my mum was starting to get ill, my mum and my dad got me a dog. I’d wanted a dog for ages and they said I could have a dog as long as it was me that took care of it and everything. It was called Shreds. It was a lab retriever. Friendly. Good personality. There were two of them, Shreds and Patches. And they got split up because the owner couldn’t cope any more. She had a, um…nervous breakdown.
And it was fine, for a while, having Shreds around, and then I started thinking about how it would be interesting to have a dog that was like a ghost or something. Like it would still follow you around but it wouldn’t quite be alive exactly. So I got this notebook, you know, and I started doing drawings of ghost dogs and weird sort of not-quite dogs and dogs that were made out of rubbish and stuff.
And I drew this one that was like a skeleton dog. But it still