An Act of Grace

John Muggleton is an award winning Canadian playwright based in Ottawa. 

To request a copy of Burn or An Act of Grace, or enquire about rights, please visit the contact page

Opening night of Burn at the Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Greed, an illicit affair and a dying woman’s last wish force two men to turn to violence in order to survive a business meeting. From the writer of Burn comes this dark comedy/thriller that was awarded Best Production, Best Ensemble, The People’s Choice Award, and Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting at the 2018 Eastern Ontario Drama League Theatre Festival. More>

"It’s always a pleasure when a play and its actors exceed my expectations. That’s what happened on the opening night of the play An Act of Grace at The Gladstone Theatre. This local gem deserves to be seen!"
- Barbara Popel, Apt. 613

"This dark comedy/thriller has the audience laughing and gasping throughout, while the plot twists keep everyone guessing as to what will happen next." 
- Elspeth Tory, Ottawa Tonite

Nominated for 6 awards and winner of 4 including Best Production and Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting

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Other People's Dirt


An Act of Grace is also available in French

Translation by Manon Dumas

Who says cleaning people's houses in a dead end job?

Although Shan, Izzie and Piper have only recently met, they share the same history at the hands of the same people. As Shan declares "I'm not real big on forgiveness ... I like revenge better." For them, this moment has been years in the making. 

Other People's Dirt is a full length play by John Muggleton

Coming Fall 2021

Glasshouse Productions


Three long-time friends — murder-mystery writers who love games — prepare to meet the estranged daughter of a recently deceased fourth friend. Why has she come, and who is she, really? Their evening of stories and riddles quickly turns to something more sinister. Tension builds as the three are forced to face the truth of their past and make sense of the present if they hope to protect their future. Unfolding in real time, this gripping psychological thriller keeps the audience guessing until the very end..  More>

"Burn is a highly suspenseful ghost story that holds you in its fiery grip right up until the final moments."
- Alan Mackey, On Stage Ottawa

"Muggleton is a talented playwright who is able to construct a complex network of relations that let themselves morph into an apparent horror story before anyone realizes what is happening. Muggleton knows his craft and even when the end seems in sight, he still keeps us begging for more until the final moments." 
- Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle

Nominated for 16 awards overall including Best New Play of 2017 by the Capital Critics Circle (Ottawa)



South Simcoe Theatre


May 2021

September 2020

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Scotland, UK

August 2020 (postponed)

Centre Wakefield la Peche

Wakefield, Quebec

May ​2020 (postponed)

Vagabond Theatre
Cornwall, Ontario

April 2020 (postponed)

Ottawa Little Theatre

Ottawa, Ontario

March/April 2020 (postponed)

Curtain Club Theatre

Richmond Hill, Ontario

Jan/Feb 2020

Sawmill Playhouse

Dartmouth Players

Dartmouth, N.S.

February 2019

Tsawwassen Arts Centre

SideKick Players

Vancouver, B.C.

September 2018

The Gladstone

Ottawa, Ontario

August 2017

The Avalon Studio

Ottawa, Ontario

August 2016

Nov/Dec 2016