Burn by John Muggleton

Psychological Thriller
100 minutes; no intermission (optional with permission)
4 characters (2 m, 2 f)
2 minor characters in voice over

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. The close-knit group welcomes her in and they reminisce about her father and the ghost stories they used to share. Wine flows, and Eve decides to tell a ghost story of her own. 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.

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A festival version (55min) of Burn is available

Gladstone Theatre, 2018

Ottawa Little Theatre 2022.


"Burn is a highly suspenseful ghost story that holds you in its fiery grip right up until the final moments” 
- Onstage Ottawa


​​Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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

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