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The Plays of CODCO

Edited by Helen Peters

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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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DAS CAPITAL: OR WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE HARBOUR FOR ANYWAY? 137

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DASCAPITAL Das Capital first played on the main stage of the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's, 18 to 22 and 21 to 24 April1975. It was accompanied by a concert by Figgy Duff. The play was developed from a cabaret show entitled What Do You Want to See the Harbour For Anyway? which had played in St. John's at the Strand Lounge, the Royalton, the Belmont, Bowring's Cafeteria, Bridgett's, Beaconsfield High School and the Con- federation Building Loggy, 5 to 12 March 1974. Members of Codco who wrote, composed the music for, and performed Das Capital are as follows: Greg Malone Diane Olsen Mr. Budgell, Eddie, Policeman 1, John White, Jeff, Frank Moores, Arterial Road Lady, Joey Smallwood, Skipper Jim, etc. Miss Hearne, Fran, Carol Brothers, Clovis, Jillian, Doris, Dot, etc. Tommy Sexton Puffy, Mrs. Power, Paddy O'Flynn, Stevie, etc. Mary Walsh Andy Jones Cathy Jones Bob Joy FiggyDuff: Mrs. Budgell, Rose, Sheveen Walsh, Juanita, Daphne, Mayor Wyatt, Pepsi Lady, Poll, etc. Mr. Macarelle, Father Dinn, Gerry Bustagut, Host, Slim, Cookie, Jim, John Q. Public, Hickman Ralph, etc. Ms. Costello, Debbie, Lambchop O'Rourkoff, Mrs. Bustagut, Bunny, Marg, Tax Payer, Rex Murphy, Vave Gladney, Carmel, etc. Hubie, Chari, Jimmy, Policeman 2, Killarney O'Joy, Announcer, Bob (tourist), Frank, Bob (bartender), etc.; piano and guitar. Noel Dinn - drums, piano; Philip Dinn - drums, baron; Jamie Snider- fiddle, mandolin, vocals; Derek Pelly- base guitar. Additional credits: Maisie (Kelland) Rillie - business manager. Michael Kearney - set designer. Scott Strong- stage manager,...

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