Book, Music & Lyrics by Joseph Aragon

Nominee: Dora Award, Outstanding Musical, 2013
Winner: Harry S. Rintoul Award, 2009

Up the close and down the stair,
A but-and-ben with Burke and Hare.
Burke’s the butcher,
Hare’s the thief,
Knox the boy who buys the beef.

Robbing graves for medical science is backbreaking work. So why dig up corpses when you can create your own?

Two 19th-century serial killers go into business selling corpses to Edinburgh anatomy schools in this true-crime thriller.

Genre: Musical Drama
Run Time: 100 min, two acts.
Cast: 5F, 6M, chorus.
Set: Multiple locations, flexible staging.

2009 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, July 2009
Produced by White Rabbit Productions, directed by Sharon Bajer
Winner: 2009 Harry S. Rintoul Memorial Award for Best New Manitoban Play

Panasonic Theatre, Toronto ON, October 2012
Produced by Theatre 20, directed by Adam Brazier
Nominee: 2013 Dora Awards, Outstanding Musical


Evan Buliung William Burke
Eddie Glen William Hare
Jan Alexandra Smith Margaret Hare
Trish Lindström Helen McDougal
Carly Street Janet Brown
Kaylee Harwood Mary Paterson
David W. Keeley Dr. Robert Knox
Jeff Irving Thomas Wharton Jones
Donnie Macphee William Fergusson
Sweeney MacArthur Sir William Rae
Laura Jean Elligsen Abigail Simpson/Ensemble
Jonathan Logan Ensemble
Amir Haidar Ensemble
Glen Mills Ensemble



Adam Brazier Director
Jason Jestadt Musical Director/Orchestrations
Linda Garneau Associate Director
Beth Kates Set Designer
Melanie McNeill Costume Designer
Stephen Ross Lighting Designer
Emily Porter Sound Designer
Alex Vass Prop Designer
Paul Shaw Producing Consultant
Carolyn Mykytyshyn Stage Manager
Wilson Klodt Wong Assistant Stage Manager
Rosie Shaw General Manager
Michael Rubinstein Producer
Colm Wilkinson Creative Consultant

Show Cast & Crew

Cercle Moliere, Winnipeg MB, May 2013
Produced by White Rabbit Productions, directed by Sharon Bajer


Carson Nattrass William Burke
Cory Wojcik William Hare
Heather Madill Margaret Hare
Jaclyn Kurceba Helen McDougal
Mallory Schellenberg Janet Brown
Emma Stefanchuk Mary Paterson
Doug McKeag Dr. Robert Knox
Nyk Bielak Thomas Wharton Jones
Murray Farnell William Fergusson
Gordon Tanner Sir William Rae
Dorothy Carroll Abigail Simpson/Ensemble
Mitch Krohn Ensemble
David Fox Ensemble
Taras Luchak Ensemble
Elena Howard-Scott Ensemble



Sharon Bajer Director
Andrew St. Hilaire Musical Director
Melissa Novecosky Stage Manager
Heather Lee Brereton Assistant Stage Manager
Eric Bossé Lighting Design
Gerri Stemler Costume Coordinator
Ryan Schultz Multi-Media Design
Kimberley Rampersad Choreographer
Jillian Willems Apprentice Choreographer
Jeffrey Kohut Executive Producer

Show Cast & Crew

Song Samples


Bloodless is an off-beat tour de force: smart, dark, and daring. ★★★★

—Winnipeg Free Press (2009)

Aragon’s music is tuneful, the lyrics even better. ★★★★

—Winnipeg Free Press (2013)

Aragon can write a catchy tune and craft witty lyrics. He also is clever at pastiche … Aragon’s homages to these musical theatre icons are also his own stamp.

—Paula Citron

Toronto 2012 Production: Opening Night Reactions

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Theatre 20 interview

CityTV Winnipeg: Interview with director Sharon Bajer