How much of your future would you sacrifice in order to preserve the past? Sarah Burns is a mother and wife, but in 1865 she gave up her life in Australia to return to Britain. Granddaughter of Robert Burns, Sarah is the forgotten guardian of her family’s legacy, it is due to her that the world remembers Burns with so much devotion. What did Sarah have to sacrifice in order to preserve a memory that was not her own and was it worth it? Sister piece to 2018 hit, Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Burns: A Lost Legacy

Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre - Gilded Balloon Basement

14.00 (60m)

31July-25 August (Odd days only)



"An informative and entertaining hour that highlights that the legacy of the Scottish Bard wasn't just what he wrote down.

Broadway World


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"Lovely duets and a spectacular quartet during “I Wish I Was Enough” show off the talented vocals of the four, and the gorgeous harmonies. The music is strong and very moving."

The Awkward Corner


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"The tensions are reflected in Shonagh Murray’s wonderful score and songs. There is a great deal to relish here with references both lyrical and musical to Burns’ own work and the sweeping soundscape Murray brings to the piece, keeping it moving at a steady pace. "

Musical Theatre Review


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"An interesting window into a family we know so little about. This show is delivered with passion and commitment by all four performers, and brings us a little closer to knowing where, how and why Burns' popularity endures. "

The List


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"There is no doubting the emotional sincerity at the heart of this play...the heartfelt nature of the performance cannot be denied."



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Creative Team

Writer/Musical Director

Favourite line from the show:

"I struggle with the words"

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:

Day one of rehearsal after learning all the music we did a rough play through of the whole show to see where it would take us. I loved seeing where everyone's instincts were taking them, and getting to watch and listen to the songs standing up for the first time was such a pay off! 


Favourite line from the show:

"I hope that by remembering you, someone will remember me"

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:

The first off-book day where we can play and really try out all the things we’ve talked about in a physically free way with no inhibitors.


Favourite line from the show:

"A legacy is not what men write about other men long after their dead."

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:

When we're playing with the work in the room, getting it on it's feet and making fast paced changes. I love watching the work come off the page and then be shaped by the actors in the room, it's new musical theatre at it's best. 

Rehearsal and Production Shots