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A Rare Nicht Oot: 100 Years of Aberdeen's Student Show

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For mony Aiberdonians, e’en those fa hiv niver seen a performance o’ the Student Show, the picters fae the Show’s souvenir programmes an’ posters is weel kent. Designs fae the mair recent show programmes are affa bonny, makin’ them mugic fur promotin’ the show, as weel as celebrating it. 

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For many Aberdonians, even those who’ve never seen a performance of the Student Show, the imagery from the Show’s souvenir programmes and posters is instantly recognisable. Designs from the more recent show programmes are particularly colourful and inventive, making them excellent for promoting the show, as well as celebrating it.

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Gifted artists and editors on the Souvenir Committee design, illustrate, secure advertising for and organise the printing of the Student Show souvenir programmes and posters. One such person was Sandy Cheyne, who used his artistic skills to create caricatures of the cast for a number of programmes in the 1950s.  

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Designs for programmes and posters are often hand-drawn and go through multiple drafts before going to print.

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Over the years, the Show's publicity material has developed in line with the design trends and fashions of each era.

Take a look at a selection of posters and programme covers from the 1920s to the present day.

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Courting Controversy

Getting the word out about Student Show isn't done through colourful posters alone. In 1967 John Duffus, that year's Administrator, found another way of drumming up publicity...

UoA Collections · John Duffus on publicity

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