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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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GLOSSARY arter. variant of after Atlantic Place. controversial high-rise building constructed on the waterfront of downtown St. John's; eighteen floors were proposed but only ten were built Aunt Martha's sheep. "Aunt Martha's Sheep" is a popular New- foundland song by Dick Nolan about feeding stolen lamb (as moose) to an officer ofthe Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.) Boo Darbys. Newfoundland folklore figures used to frighten children into good behaviour brewis. (pronounced bruise) soaked and boiled ship's biscuit traditionally served in Newfoundland with salt codfish and scrunchions (see scrunchions) Cabot Tower. historic building situated on Signal Hill at the entrance to St. John's harbour and overlooking the city cape ann's battened down. traditional oilskin fishing hat tied under the chin; also a line from "Squid Jiggin' Ground" a traditional New- foundland song by Arthur Scammell C.H.E. exams. Council for Higher Education examinations which were administered during the last three years of high school in New- foundland, up to 1970 358 THE PLAYS OF CODCO C.L.B. Armoury. band of the Church Lads' Brigade, a British religious/ military organization for boys operating in North America only in Newfoundland Centennial year. Canada's hundredth anniversary 1967 cod's breeches. codfish roe in a membrane whose shape resembles a pair of baggy breeches DREE. Department of Regional and Economic Expansion, federal govern- ment economic program during the 1960s aimed at nation-wide rural development duff. a boiled pudding Eliger. variant of Elijah Good Luck. popular Newfoundland margarine; margarine was written into the terms of confederation in 1949 in...

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