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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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POCKET CRUMBS Would You Like to Smell My ... Pocket Crumbs? played in the Little Theatre, St. John's, 19 to 30 November 1975, and at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto 21 January to 15 February 1976. The play contained both new material and scenes which had been performed under the title Somewhere on the Hungry Coast of Newfoundland at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia 28 October to 1 November 1975. Members of Codco who wrote, composed the music for and performed in Pocket Crumbs are as follows: Tommy Sexton Morton/Shirley, Father, Mable, Sister, Television Evangelist, etc. Mary Walsh Mary, Grease Queen Dietician, Big Nurse (bottom half), Sally Walker, Mother, School Girl, Sister, Brandy, etc. Andy Jones Dr. Michael1, Mr. Jones, Dr. Chuckles, Queen, Willie, Television Newscaster, Sister, Harland, etc. Cathy Jones Apple Brown Betty, Miss Bix 2, Nurse Janes, Theresa, Coffee Show Hostess (Vave Gladney), Sister, "Dead Daddy" Mother, etc. Bob Joy Moose, Tommy Common, Kimmy, Russell Fernley, Sister, Mercy Home Nun, etc.; piano and guitar. Greg Malone Dr. Michael2, Dr. Malone, Dr. Ruggles, Bernard, Pierre Trudeau, Mother Superior, Louaynee, etc. Diane Olsen Piggy, Nurse Lorna, Big Nurse (top half), Nurse Bev, Julia Fernley, Sister, Loulie, Lauralee Secord, etc. Additional credits: Maisie (Kelland) Rillie -business management. M. White- technical support. Mike Jones- filming. Irene Taylor - general assistance. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SMELL MY ... POCKET CRUMBS? Scenes 1. MORTON THE DYING CHILD MOLESTER 201 2. SISTERS OF THE SILVER SCALPEL 221 3. AMERICAN SCENE/700 CLUB 228 4. TOMMY COMMON CHRISTMAS...

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