Patrick Truelove





Tix $18/15


Theatre, Performing Arts

The Sidekick Players, Delta's much-loved community theatre group, begin their 22nd season with Burn, a spell-binding new murder mystery by Ottawa playwright John Muggleton and directed by Patrick Truelove.
BURN is a captivating story. Five years ago the famous writer Tara Waters vanished without a trace. Now her husband Robert (Mark East) has uncovered a stash of her unpublished material that he hopes will revive his missing wife’s fame. His friends David (Jeff Pannell), a money hungry publisher, and Samira (Marci Chimich), a sharp lawyer, are suspicious of Robert’s motives.

Meanwhile Paul, another close friend, has died. At the start of the play, Paul’s creepy and mysterious daughter Eve (Emma Young) is about to arrive, threatening to expose a tangle of shameful secrets that the friends have concealed for years.

This production will be the west coast premiere of BURN. An exceptional cast brings to life this contemporary whodunnit, leading the audience on with mind-bending twists and turns. Not suitable for young audiences.

"Muggleton ultimately takes the audience from comfort and intimacy to the edge of their seats in suspense in Burn. … It’s obvious that Muggleton knows a thing or two about people – how they love, how they doubt, and what and how they fear.”
- Maja Stefanovska, Capital Critics Circle

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

"As a suspense playwright, Muggleton appreciates the need to orchestrate surprises. Like J.B. Priestley in An Inspector Calls and Anthony Shaffer in Sleuth, he understands the dramatic devices that can work in throwing an audience off balance."
- Kevin Reid, The Visitorium

"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

BURN runs from October 11 to October 27
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM
Sunday matinees, October 14 & 21, at 2:00 PM

Reservations: 604 288 2415