FEBRUARY 2018 | Volume 164
A play by one of Canada's most exciting writers —Nicolas Billon's Butcher is a gut-wrenching thriller!
The Cultch is excited to present Nicolas Billon's Butcher, a Prime Cuts Collective (Vancouver) production running March 20-31 in the Historic Theatre.
Early Christmas morning, on the doorsteps of a Toronto police station, Inspector Lamb discovers an unlikely bundle; a drugged and abandoned old man in a strange military uniform. Atop his head a Santa hat, and around his neck a business card impaled on a butcher’s hook with the words, "Arrest me," scrawled on it. Inspector Lamb begins an investigation into the identity of the stranger that will forever tie together the lives of four people: a lawyer, a translator, the stranger and the inspector.
Drawing on dark politics half a world away, Butcher's Governor General award-winning playwright Nicolas Billion (Fault Lines: Greenland — Iceland — Faroe Islands) drew inspiration from chilling accounts of the civil conflicts in both Rwanda and Bosnia, creating a play with themes of revenge, forgiveness, and justice. Louise Arbour, former Supreme Court justice and former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia says in her foreword to Butcher, "Harm, hurt, guilt, punishment, shame, pardon, redemption and justice are all intertwined in a reality where the lines between offender and victims are often blurred.... Where can victims find peace if justice is elusive?"
Prime Cuts Collective was established by a group of established artists, designers and technicians based in Vancouver with the intent purpose of putting on Butcher. Director, Kevin Mckendrick says, "It is a terrific Canadian play that raises important issues for our global community. How do we reconcile our feelings for retribution in the face of terrible atrocities? And what is the role of forgiveness in breaking the cycle of vengeance?"
Starring Peter Anderson, Lindsey Angell, Noel Johansen, and Daryl Shuttleworth, Butcher's all-star cast will have audiences on the edge of their seats for this show that the Torontoist called "one of the most artfully constructed plays we've seen in a long time."
"★★★★ Can a play about torture be too entertaining?" — The Globe and Mail
"For lack of a better word, it is thrilling" — Toronto Star
Written by: Nicolas Billon
Starring: Peter Anderson, Lindsey Angell, Noel Johansen, and Daryl Shuttleworth
Director: Kevin McKendrick, Artistic Associate: Christy Webb, Set Designer: David Roberts, Costume Designer: Jenifer Darbellay, Assistant Costume Designer: Alaia Hamer, Lighting Designer: Michael Hewitt, Original Music and Sound Design: Keith Thomas, Stage Manager: Joanne P.B. Smith, Makeup Consultant: Miss Nikki Ying, Student Apprentice: Leah Read
Mar 20, 8 PM: Preview
Mar 21, 8 PM: Opening Night
Mar 22–24, 27–31, 8PM
Mar 25, 31, 2 PM
WHERE: HISTORIC THEATRE
1895 Venables St.
TICKETS: Tickets from $22. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch's Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.
ADDED VALUE: Book tickets for one of the TALKBACK performances and enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session with the artists: Mar 22 &27, 8 PM, Mar 25, 2 PM
ABOUT PRIME CUTS COLLECTIVE:
We are a group of established artists, designers and technicians based in Vancouver. We formed the collective specifically to put on Nicolas Billon's Butcher because it is a terrific Canadian play that deserves to be seen in our community. Butcher has already had, or will receive shortly, professional productions in major Canadian centres such as: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Saskatoon. The themes of revenge, forgiveness and reconciliation are front and centre in many aspects of our society today, and the play provides a superb platform for discussion.
ABOUT THE CULTCH
Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver's most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.
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