Whitehorse’s Open Pit Theatre presents Busted Up: A Yukon Story. Set right here in the Yukon, a plethora of real-life characters whose opinions and stories are as varied as their age and ethnic backgrounds reveal themselves: how they ended up in the territory, why they stayed, their beliefs, their roots and their fears. 

Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the relationships between aboriginal people and settlers, natural resource extractions, the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing. 

The result is a powerful play full of humor, violence, absurdity, and tenderness.

“…it simultaneously brought me to laughter and broke my heart.”

“The intersection of the characters' stories combined to stitch a fabric that feels like the Yukon I live in and love, with all its complexities and contradictions.”

“Funny, poignant, silly, sombre. Phenomenal.”


The play was created as part of The Yukon Verbatim Project, which consisted of gathering over 60 interviews from eight communities including Whitehorse. Our seven actors will be playing over 20 real life Yukon characters and will use only their exact words as transcribed during the interviews. No words have been altered or added to the script! Busted Up: A Yukon Story is a part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.



This production is part of the Northwestel Art Lovers Series, and available for subscription on June 13.
Tickets availabe to the General Public on July 4.