Prime Cuts Collective (Vancouver)
Mar 20 – 31, 2018 | Historic Theatre [map link]
WARNING: Depictions of extreme violence and coarse language. Employs strobe effects. Recommended for ages 14+. No latecomers.
>> Special performance: Join Butcher playwright Nicolas Billon for a talkback following the performance on Mar 24 at 8 pm! <<
Dark secrets come to light. A past that won’t stay buried. A decades-old quest for justice that must be served.
A philosophical crime thriller by Governor General’s Award-winner Nicolas Billon.
Who is the Butcher? At a police station a mysterious old man is found wearing a foreign military uniform and a Santa hat. A butcher’s hook hangs around his neck, and gouged on the end is a business card with the words, “Arrest me,” scrawled on it. As a lawyer, a police officer, and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won’t stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served.
In her foreward to the play, former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia and former Supreme Court justice, Louise Arbour asks: “Where can victims find peace if justice is elusive? Can offenders find closure if punishment is not extended to them?”
The first time I read it, I’d never been so excited just reading a play. Your expectations are subverted at every turn. It’s really a fascinating puzzle that keeps you guessing”—Peter Anderson, in interview with Postmedia. Check out the full Q&A here
★★★★ Can a play about torture be too entertaining?” — The Globe and Mail
“A devilishly clever piece of work” -National Post
“A live entertainment game changer” -Toronto Stage
“[A] funny, horrifying, serpentine stage thriller” -CBC Arts
2016 – Rideau Awards
Best Production (Ottawa)
2016 – Theatre Critics Award
Best Production (Toronto)
2015 – Calgary Critics Award
Best New Play (Calgary)
Written by: Nicolas Billon
Starring: Peter Anderson, Lindsey Angell, Noel Johansen, and Daryl Shuttleworth
Director: Kevin McKendrick
Set Designer: David Roberts
Costume Designer: Jenifer Darbellay
Lighting Designer: Michael Hewitt
Mar 20, 8PM: Preview
Mar 21, 8PM: Opening Night
Mar 22 – 24, 27 – 31, 8PM
Mar 25, 31, 2PM
85-90 Minutes, no intermission