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Capping revue, 1938

Capping revue, 1938

University capping revues (satirical variety shows staged alongside graduation ceremonies) featured some of the country's most biting and adventurous theatre in the mid-20th century. This poster advertises Victoria University's 1938 Cappicade at the Wellington Opera House. Its main element was the production Olympian nights, which featured 'hairy fairies' and an anti-fascist theme. Like much of the best Cappicade material, it was written by Ron Meek, a law and economics student who later became a distinguished political economist in the UK. 

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J. C. Beaglehole Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library
Reference: Arc VUW Z7 E96

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Murray Edmond, 'Plays and playwrights - Plays of the mid- and later 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Murray Edmond, published 22 Oct 2014