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The Plays of CODCO

Edited by Helen Peters


Edited By Helen Peters

This book presents the texts of five plays, collectively written and performed during the years 1973 to 1976 by the Newfoundland theatre troupe CODCO. CODCO's satiric plays expose universal perversity, ignorance, prejudice and abuse with the ironic wit of the people of Newfoundland. The plays are distinguished by their graveyard or gallows humour. CODCO played an important role in the evolution of Canadian theatre and is an early signifier of Canada's attainment of cultural maturity. CODCO's current weekly television series commenced broadcasting in 1988.


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SICKNESS, DEATH AND BEYOND THE GRAVE Sickness, Death and Beyond the Grave first played at the Little Theatre, Memorial University, St. John's 27 September to 13 October 1974, and played under the Theatre Passe Muraille banner at Bathurst Street Church, Toronto 27 October to 16 November, 197 4. Members of Codco who wrote, composed the music for and performed the play are as follows: Andy Jones Cathy Jones Bob Joy Greg Malone Diane Olsen Rev. Freep, Prof. Jones, King, Cynthia, el Basketto, Cardinal, Ringmaster, Butt Buxby, Abe, Isaac Grady, Laughing Corpse, etc. Doreen, Penelope Rigby Digby, Blind Fairy, Arkadina Tovaravich, Juliette, Connie, Em Cahill, Suicide Corpse, etc. Messenger, Doctor, Clergyman, Director, Burf, Undertaker, etc.; piano and guitar. Cec, Duke, Uncle Dicken, Charles, Lover, Pope, Nicholai Tovaravich, Phil, Arthur Trickett, Metrobus Corpse, Dracula, etc. Melba, Joni Mitchell, Mother, Nina Petrovna Tovaravich, Catherine Deneuve, Charlene, Sister Celery/Aunt Phene, etc. Tommy Sexton Bernie Snelgrove, Rodney Todney, Cook, Ivan Tovaravich, Lars Larsson, Singer, Christopher, Nurse, Stabbed Corpse, etc. Mary Walsh Additional credits: Effie, Translator, Reporter, Masha Tovaravich, Carmelita Pope, Betty Anderson, Myr, Alice Cahill, Disintegrating Corpse, etc. Maisie (Kelland) Rillie- business manager, replaced Diane Olsen in Toronto opening show Sandy Morris - music, guitar M. White - administration Scott Strong- lighting and stage management Derek Strong- lighting and technical assistance Ken Winter- technical assistance and stage management 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. SICKNESS, DEATH AND BEYOND THE GRAVE Scenes BERNIE SNELGROVE: SUPERSTAR SCOTTISH FOLK...

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