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Author Peters, Helen editor Editor.

Title The Plays of CODCO Edited by Helen Peters Helen Peters [electronic resource]

Published New York Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers 201212, c1993


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st, New ed.
Physical description 486 p.
Series American University Studies 14
Contents Contents: Texts of five CODCO plays: Cod on a Stick; Sickness, Death and Beyond the Grave; Das Capital: Or What Do You Want to See the Harbour for Anyway? Do You Want to Smell My...Pocket Crumbs? and The Tale Ends. Introduction, Note on the Text, Glossary of Unfamiliar Words, Production Photographs, Musical Scores of Show Songs, Textual Apparatus of Variant Readings, List of Textual Sources, Actors associated with CODCO plays.
Summary 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.
«Professor Peters' collection of CODCO scripts is an important addition to the literature of contemporary satiric comedy. Her rigorous editorial method provides a much-needed model for the reconstruction of improvised performance texts that will be of great use to editors, critics and theatre historians.» (Alan Fliewod, Editor, Canadian Theatre Review) «I don't mind the dirt, but for God's sake don't make fun of the pope.» (Cathy's Mother) «You'll never write another show as good as 'Cod on a Stick'.» (Tommy's Mother) «Self-confidence and self-mockery need each other. Both were blighted here by the diktats of The Commission, the Juicy Fruit dollars and cocksure teeth of the Yanks and the witch's-tit charity and Newfie Jokes of Confederation. It was a long bleak season we survived between Johny Burke and 'Cod On A Stick'.» (Ray Guy) «'The Plays of CODCO' is a Canadian link in the chain of collective theatre improvised in the 1960s and 70s across Europe and North America. Biting and satirical, CODCO's plays are a post colonial protest which deal with both issues of the past and the harsh realities of contemporary society.» (Joachim Fiebach, Theaterwissenschaft, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) «Author Helen Peters has done a good job. And it's an entertaining, informative, funny read to boot. ...the book will stand as a thorough published record of the wonderfully oddball group of actors and writers who call themselves CODCO.» (Moira Dann, The Sunday Daily News) «øThis book! is an excellent rendering of the plays of CODCO, which in print still retain their humour, are very readable, and will no doubt be of use to the general reader, the scholar, and perhaps most importantly, the theatre producer.» (Ches Skinner, Essays in Theatre)> «Helen Peters' painstaking work in creating this book is evident throughout, and it will doubtless take its rightful place as a true cultural reference point...For future generations, this splendid book is the next best thing to seeing the plays on stage.» (Bryan Hennessey, Newfoundland Quarterly)
History notes The Editor: Helen Peters received her B.A. and M.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland and her D. Phil. from Oxford University where she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Somerville College. She has taught at Somerville and Manchester Colleges, Oxford, at he University of Ottawa, Ontario, and she is currently an associate professor in the Department of English at Memorial. Her doctoral dissertation was published as 'A Critical Edition of the Paradoxes and Problems of John Donne', a work which was awarded the Rosemary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy. Her articles on seventeenth-century British literature and Newfoundland theatre have appeared in professional journals and books.
ISBN 9781453910795
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