(rehearsal photo)Bob's your uncle
That bugger is better off dead
by John Herbert Cunningham
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It then morphed into version 2.0 with Theatre 20 in Toronto.
This design has both pros and cons. The pros were evident in Act I; the cons in Act II following a rather lengthy intermission.
The play centres around the lives of four individuals: William Burke (Carson Nattrass), William Hare (Cory Wojcik), Hare's wife Margaret (Heather Madill), and Burke's girlfriend Helen (Jaclyn Kurceba). The most well developed of these characters is Burke, the others being somewhat two dimensional.
The first act demonstrates the pluses of an alley stage design. At one end of the alley sits the boarding house where Burke, Hare, et al hatch their schemes to supply the medical school with a continuous supply of cadavers. This leads, in the case of the second one, to the hilarious song "The Bugger is Better Off Dead" which is sung by Hare and Burke to the smothering of a sick and alcoholic tenant. At the other end is a raised platform on which will stand both Knox (Doug McKeag), professor at the medical school, and magistrate Rae (Gordon Tanner) during the investigation and trial of the Burke and company. This design creates a pseudo-proscenium.