John Muggleton



Psychological Thriller by John Muggleton

100 minutes; no intermission (optional with permission)
4 characters (2 m, 2 f)
2 minor characters in voice over
A 55 minute festival version is available

Long-time friends Robert, Samira and David have gathered after the death of a close friend, Paul, a famed horror writer. Paul had also been very close friends with Robert’s wife, Tara, another horror novelist who disappeared five years earlier. Robert has never given up hope that Tara is alive.

The three friends are awaiting the arrival of a woman named Eve., Paul's estranged daughter. Apparently Paul had asked Eve to carry out one last wish – deliver a mysterious package to his three friends.

Eve arrives. She is young and friendly but there is something decidedly unsettling about her. Wine flows, and Eve decides to tell a ghost story. The mood changes as disturbing private details are revealed – details that may have something to do with Tara’s disappearance. Then a series of twists take place that has the audience on the edge of their seats.

Ottawa Little Theatre, 2022

The Guild Theatre

Hamllton, Ontario

May 31, June 1, 6, 7, 13, 14, and 15, 2024 at 8pm
June 2, 8, 9, and 15, 2024 at 2pm

​​​The Story House

Performance Art Theatre

Niceville, Florida

October 13-15, 19-21 2023

Toowoomba Rep Theatre

East Toowoomba, Australia

May 3 - 13, 2023

Academy Theatre

EODL Theatre Festival

Lindsay, Ontario

Nov 3, 2022

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

​(Festival version)
Scotland, UK
August 2022

Centre Wakefield la Peche
Wakefield, Quebec

July 2022

Ottawa Little Theatre
Ottawa, Ontario

May 4 - 22, 2022

Pasadena Little Theatre
Houston, Texas

Oct. 15 - 31, 2021

Breakaleg Productions
Barnsley, Yorkshire, UK

March, 2022

South Simcoe Theatre
Simcoe, Ontario

March 5th - 22nd, 2022​

Vagabond Theatre
Cornwall, Ontario

April 2020 (postponed)

Curtain Club Theatre
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Jan/Feb 2020

Sawmill Playhouse
Dartmouth, N.S.

February 2019

Tsawwassen Arts Centre
Vancouver, B.C.

September 2018

The Gladstone
Ottawa, Ontario

August 17 - 26, 2017

The Avalon Studio

Ottawa, Ontario
August 2016
Nov/Dec 2016​

Gladstone Theatre, 2018

From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022

Helen Schofield
Wow! This was my first fringe show this year and what a great beginning. Tightly written and expertly performed, we were completely engrossed and involved. Well done guys, should be a must see for everyone!

Carolyn Corlett
So good I saw it twice!
Even though Burn is only an hour long, the talented cast and clever writing quickly draw the audience into this thriller to experience the unfolding events alongside the 4 characters. Superbly directed in the round by Venetia Lawless, the hour whizzes by and John Muggleton's script leaves just enough open ended questions to ensure a good discussion in the bar after! 
Make sure you don't miss this one and book soon as tickets are selling fast!


Adrienne Brown
Great story, brilliantly acted . I loved this show.

Maureen Walsh
Excellent script, brilliant performances. On the edge of my seat. Go see Burn

Iain Broadway
Very enjoyable Whodunnit type of show. Definitely not a disappointment.

Really fun ghost story. Venue gets you up close and personal with the cast. Totally recommend this for a fun, afternoon show!

Rebecca Curry
Extremely clever writing and a slick performance. Definitely one to see. Thanks

Jamie Walsh
Brilliant performances, excellent script. The show kept me on the edge of my seat. Highly recommended.

Katie Munden
So good! Well written story that keeps you guessing right till the end!! It’s both a murder mystery and ghost story, with some great jokes along the way. All the actors were amazing and we especially loved Eve. Highly recommend!!

Jonathan Brough
Brilliant play, full of suspense and very well performed. One of the best things I’ve seen at the Fringe.

Taylor Jamison
Set on a thrust stage, this play becomes very intimate and the audience is granted the experience of being in the scene. Many twists and turns with an ending that will leave you wanting more!

The room fizzes with palpable discomfort, which is overtaken by guilt and anger, before a superb final twist. Excellent stuff.