★★★ The List
★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review
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 EdFringe hit, Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard.
Rose Theatre Basement
Edinburgh International Fringe Festival
"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. "
Fiona Orr - Musical Theatre Review
"Shonagh Murray's score is distinctly Scottish in nature, interwoven with threads of Burns' music and poetry, with "Auld Lang Syne" as a poignant recurring theme throughout. Bright grooves punctuate the lighthearted numbers, and some swells make one think of the ocean that Sarah crossed. An informative and entertaining hour that highlights that the legacy of the Scottish Bard wasn't just what he wrote down."
Fiona Scott - Broadway World
"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."
Kelly Apter - The List
"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.
Ellen Burgin - The Awkward Corner
Lighting desk suitable to control at least 3 – 7 conventional lights – Preferably able to program and save lighting cues
All required cables
Required lighting fixtures:
3 x Par cans/ fresnels
A minimum of 3 par cans/fresnels with barn doors for 3 sectioned washes on the stage but can merge to make one clean wash.
One focused SL – to cover down and upstage for locations within Australia
One focused Centre - to cover down and upstage
One focused SR - to cover down and upstage for locations within Scotland
Preferable Lighting fixtures:
2 x Profiles
2 x additional par cans/fresnels
A profile to be focused downstage centre – “Sarah light” for letter (to also be used by Annie) and final songs
Another Profile to be focused on an aisle (centre or house right, dependent on what exists) within the audience for entrances happening within the house
A moving light with the ability to sweep - to provide effect of statue being unveiled
Another par can to be focused on Piano
Gels to provide blue tones
Small indoor venue
13Amp plug socket to plug in electric piano (provided by fearless players)
Medium to Large or outdoor venue
PA system with 1⁄4 inch jack to plug into piano or equivalent
Standard float mics – either hanging or placed at front of stage to amplify actors on stage