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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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THE TALE ENDS The Tale Ends played at the National Film Board Theatre, Pleasantville, St. John's 28 to 30 November and 1 to 4 December 1976. It followed a "Best of Codco" tour called Laugh Your Guts Out With Total Strangers through eastern Canada in September and October 1976. The Tale Ends contains material from Pocket Crumbs, Laugh Your Guts and new material. Members ofCodco who wrote, composed the music for and performed The Tale Ends are as follows: Mary Walsh Andy Jones Cathy Jones Bob Joy Greg Malone Diane Olsen Mary, "Arcade" Mary, Mrs. Budge II, An- nouncer, Frances, Little Boy, Mrs. Bas, etc. Eliger Tucker, Professor, Professor Quickley, Budgie, Rick, Mr. Macarelle, Rev. Delmonte, Loony Lou, etc. Mother, Mrs. Hann, Shirley Girley Burker, Mary Halliday, Caller 2, etc. Stockboy, Messenger, Bob, Caller 3 (from Hell), Funny Frank, etc.; piano and guitar. Uncle Garge, Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Sir Leslie Le Gore, Mr. Budgell. Grandfather, Dana, Bas, Rev. Kitchen, etc. Mrs. Tucker, Bernice, Peony, Caller 1, etc. Tommy Sexton Mr. Parsons, Customer (small boy), Fred Halliday, Gran (Nanny Hynes), Caller 4, etc. Additional credits: Maisie (Kelland) Rillie -business manager. Jim Rillie - stage manager. Derek Butt- stage assistant. M. White - general assistant. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. THE TALES ENDS Scenes TUXEDO UNCLE GARGE OPENING NEVER LET YOUR MOTHER SING OUT OF TUNE (SONG) LAURENCE OLIVIER- NEWFOUNDLANDER, LUH! TEACHING VOMITING ARCADE (PART 1) BUDGELLS DEAD DADDY KUKACHEK- A CANADIAN PLAY...

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