QUISLING

 

Willy Walder

dramatiker

QUISLING

excerpts, from Norwegian Quisling (2005)

 

In September 1945, Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling was executed by shooting after his convition for high treason. This text does circle around some biographical facts, like the war and his execution, but it is not a biographical account. I would rather make a kind of a study of democracy and autocracy, dealing with the ideas and notions of fascism that still exist today. In Norwegian history it has been easier to make a demon out of Quisling, than to face those parts of his ideologies that still lives on.

 

Quisling premiered in Trondheim, in August 2010, at Teaterhuset AvantGarden. Produced by the ensemble Pontenegrinerne. Direction: Ingrid Weme Nilsen. Actors: Inga Dahle Aagård, Ane Skumsvoll, Kristine Welde Tranås, Erlend Olaisen, Ole Christian Gullvåg, and Trondheim Pensioners Choir.

 

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Persons:

Quisling

Bishop

1. person

2. person

3. person

 

 

Bars.

Quisling.

A person hums the national anthem. The humming turns into singing. The song into a word: La. Lalalalalalalala the persons sing. Howling the national anthem. Lalalalalalalala. Silence.

 

3. Person

Will the accused rise.

 

2. Person

Quisling.

 

1. Person

Quisling.

 

3. Person

Will the accused rise.

 

2. Person

Quisling. Quisling. Quisling. You are hereby condemned to death.

 

1. Person

I demand. Demand. I demand the death penalty. The only logical natural. My passion my demand. I. I am tuned to popular opinion. I desire death.

 

3. Person

Will the accused rise.

 

2. Person

You are hereby condemned to death Quisling. You are quisling. You are condemned damned. To death. By shooting.

 

3. Person

Quisling. He has breached the military penal code. Breached paragraph eighty. He broke it. Crushed it. Quisling broke the back of paragraph eighty in the military penal code. The law of war treason.

 

2. Person

You are hereby condemned to death by shooting.

 

1. Person

The court wiould like to state that the appointed psychiatrists have determined that the accused does not suffer from any mental disorders nor is mentally retarded in any capacity. The examination of the accused during these deliberations has made clear that he does not suffer from any organic cerebral disorder.

 

3. Person

Will the accused rise.

 

2. Person

Quisling. You. You sought to bring the nation under foreign rule. You damned condemned you. By shooting till you die. Death to the quisling.

 

3. Person

Quisling. He breached. Broke. Crushed. Destroyed. The paragraphs eighty three and eighty six of the common civil penal code.

 

1. Person

Mine. I. Desire. My lust for death. Steadfast.

 

3. Person

He. Quisling. He. As the splintered remains of the eighty sixth paragraph was trampled under foreign feet he illegally carried arms against the nation. Quisling carried arms wrongly and fierce. He broke the law with his own hands and his eyes wide open. Quisling took the law in his own hands. Cursed it. Broke it. Gave it to us. Quisling. He said. I am Quisling.

 

1. Person

Our law. Our beloved legal law. The law of the nation. The law shielded by our king who protected it for decades. Even as the darkest hours came upon us. The king carried our law carefully as an infant in his own arms. Haunted taunted hounded. Fatigued furrows running down his face. The pain he took upon himself was ours.

 

3. Person

Quisling. He stole the law from the people. Broke it. Tossed it away. Trampled our law underfoot wearing stolen boots. Foreign military boots.

 

2. Person

Die. You must die. Quisling must die.

 

1. Person

I passionately demand. In thoughts words and deeds. I demand death. Quisling must die.

 

3. Person

Will the accused rise.

 

2. Person

Death to Quisling.

 

1. Person

Death to the quisling.

 

3. Person

Quisling. The accused. He. Accused. Damned. Quisling condemned for all eternity is very accused. He led this treason. He lured and hectored fellow citizens of all ages to join his spineless ill doings. He did not show any considerations in any direction. He committed his crimes in an age of mature wisdom. He enjoyed an education that should have taught him responsibility towards his country. He. That damned quisling. Of the most serious accusations against the accused are the many attempts to mislead the youth. To lead them astray. The young ones. There are no mitigating circumstances. He. Quisling. He. The accused. There is no mercy. No forgiveness. Only the sensible cleansing thirst for justice.

 

2. Person

Death to Quisling. Death to Quisling.

 

1. Person

Yes. Yes. Yes. We adore. We worship love this beloved adorable nation. We declare our passionate love for the nation. For death. We passionately love Quisling's death.

 

3. Person

Will the accused rise.

 

1. and 2. Person

Death to Quisling. Death to Quisling. Death to Quisling.

Quisling

I saved the nation. Amidst the deepest crisis we this nation has ever seen. A national catastrophe. My people’s salvation lay heavily on my shoulders. I saved the nation. From the red pack. I saved the nation. I saved the people. I saved you all. Saved you from the marxist government. Saved you from the conservatives in corporal collusion with the marxists. I saved you from the bands that governed the nation with disastrous precision towards calamity. Towards the national catastrophe. These partisans ought to honour the parliament as a temple of the nation. It ought to be a temple of the people. They turned it into a den of thieves. A partisan place of commerce. A somber ruin of narcissism. A place for lies and wild deception. A place where corrupt party-leaders played with the constitution and finally put it aside. The democratic marxist band played a dark and dubious game with our nation's sovereignty in order to manoeuvre us towards the angloamerican side. These bandits. They let the capitalists. The marxists. They let. The jews. This oriental. This foreign spirit. Bewitch our nation. The enemies. The infidels. Were running free amongst us. The people blinded and misguided.

 

All persons

Death to Quisling. Death to Quisling. Death to Quisling.

 

Quisling

My people blinded and misguided. Our proud nation led to the brink of war. Our sovereignty. Our freedom. Stolen from us. This was the ultimate treachery. And he. This petty man. Who swore to guard the constitution. To protect it with his very own life. The king. This danish prince. The king. The king blended in with the marxist government. And fled. From the country. From his duties. The blood of all victims of war came over him and his counsellors.

 

2. Person

You took the king's place palace. You stabbed him in the back. You betrayed the nation. You indulged in abroadity. Alienism.

 

1. Person

I cannot find words to describe these misdeeds. I am left speechless. Thus I will let the executioner speak for me. Yes. Yes. We love. We adore and love our beloved nation. In our thoughts in our veins we passionately love this nation. We carry a mindful of death. Quisling's death.

 

All persons

Death to Quisling. Death to Quisling. Death to Quisling.

 

Quisling

These bands of bandits raided the political and spiritual scene before the war. Bandits. They must openly and honestly confess that the coming of war passed judgment on their own outrageous sins and vice against our holy nation. Democracy had failed coherently. And could not keep on. You must be blind and more than blind. Blind. You must be blind if you cannot see. If you could not see. The immanent dangers. Ahead. When king and government laid this nation open for whores and wars. And then fled as cowards. As chaos threatened. As foreign military dictatorship threatened. As. When. Then. Then I formed a provisional national government. Then I maintained a legal leadership. To keep up all state affairs. To preserve law and order. It was necessary. Someone. That someone represented our nation's interest. It was necessary. That someone. Some one body. Someone like. I. Could accept the holy pledge of the occupants to respect our nation's sovereignty our people's freedom and someone.

Enter Bishop.

Someone. I. It was necessary. That someone could restore our neutrality. That someone secured our autonomy. Someone could spare our youth from futile bloodshed. Someone. I. Someone. My own people mislead. Our youth lured into false loyalty. Enticed to fight for angloamerica and globality. The people in its masses softened by false prophets. For years my very own people violated the eternal laws that rules a nation's life. The harsh reality of retribution fell over them. That is why the punishment was inevitable. On the people. On the nation's leaders. Someone. I. The struggle I personally. With all my strength. For fifteen years I have fought against this development the fate of mediocrity. My struggle against catastrophe. Might easily succeed. If only. If only a decisive number of the people had listened to my warnings. If only the people had understood me followed me. If only they trotted the path I so distinctively pointed out for them. You must be more than blind. Blind. Not to see that our society. All our values. Our way of living. Are endangered. Blind.

 

Quisling sees the Bishop. The Bishop sees Quisling. They oppose each other for about a silence.

 

Quisling

Bishop. You are here. That is. A surprise.

 

Bishop

Yes.

 

Quisling

I am. Surprised. To see you. Here. Good evening Bishop.

 

Bishop

Good evening Quisling. I am not surprised. I knew you were here.

 

Quisling

Of course. Indeed you are. Here. Imagine. I knew nothing about it. A surprise. This is so unexpected. Come in. Feel at home. You. Here. Imagine

 

Bishop

I have come to see you. It is my duty. I have come to offer salvation for your soul. It is a pity your body is a lost cause Quisling. Soon filled with bullets. Your heart weighed down with led. Your head will have a hole in it. But your soul Quisling. It is my duty. I had to see you. Before. Before it is too late.

 

Quisling

That it is late is not a surprise. But you being here. That is such a surprise.

 

Bishop

Yes. Is not it. Surprise. It has been a long time Quisling. A long time. That is so true.

 

Quisling

Thank you for coming. A long time. You are right. Please have a seat. Feel at ease. Home.

 

Bishop

It has been three years.

 

Quisling

Three years ago. You are probably right.

 

Bishop

Three years ago. We have not seen each other since I was arrested.

 

Quisling

No. Three years ago. Time flies.

 

Bishop

Three years ago. When you had me arrested. You captured me Quisling.

 

Quisling

Already three years is it. So many things have passed since then Bishop.

 

Bishop

Indeed. A lot. Of things. Three years ago. This place used to be my. Home. For three years. I was here. Released this the spring. From captivity. Now it is. Fall. You. You are here.

 

Quisling

Yes. I am here. Waiting.

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