Burns: A Lost Legacy

Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, new writing)

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  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


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.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: The basement venue is located at the bottom of 12 steep steps.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Alan Johnston 31 days ago

After seeing the Herstory show last year, I couldn't wait to see this new production. Apart from their huge talent, what I so love about this theatre company is their TOTAL dedication to their subject matter and their audience. This show is captivating and, having seen it twice now, so full of energy and drama that you cannot but fail to be drawn in. Great entertainment and classic theatre! Go see it!!!

Anne Thomson 41 days ago

What a talented group of singer/actors/musician. This is a beautifully-told drama with a great musical score. I was drawn into the tale of Sarah Burns and her family, a story I had never heard before. I was wrung out emotionally (in a good way!) by the end, so well-told was this family history. A great performance all round. Five stars.

patricia candlish 42 days ago

Having been to see Armour: Her Story at last year's Fringe, as soon as we heard that there was a second production, it was immediately put on the Must See List and it definitely did not disappoint. A very talented cast portray the story beautifully with emotions which have you laughing one minute and in tears the next. Sarah Burns is indeed a complex character and I hope the next production is in the pipeline, whether it be Sarah in later years, or following the life of her eldest daughter. Advance booking will be essential !

Pauline George 44 days ago

Mostly I go to The Fringe to see comedy so when I was asked by a friend to see A Lost Legacy I thought I would give it a go.....and I was not disappointed. An amazing small cast with character changes, songs, sadness and humour.
Love her or hate her, Sarah is a complex character. She is to be admired as she took on the fight in a male dominated world to save the family legacy.
I also took my autistic 17 year old daughter who also thought it was fantastic and she fully understood and followed the story with ease even though she had not heard of the Burns Family.
A must see....take your tissues.

Ann Davidson 45 days ago

Wow, a fantastic show. Through amazing music and story telling, a very talented cast brought a bygone era to life. I was transported and gripped by Sarah’s story from beginning to end. Really clever how you were left to decide how you felt about Sarah. In one way you felt sorrow and pity, in another feelings of hatred and heartlessness. A must see.

Ann Brady 46 days ago

Highly recommend this production. I enjoyed the sister production Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard last year and was looking forward to see how that story would be developed. I was not disappointed - The show lasts about an hour and within this time themes of grief, loss, sacrifice and identity are beautifully explored by the actors in effortless depth. It is both subtle and powerful in its depiction of the interconnectedness and impact of relationships past and present. This is Scottish musical at its best - captivating voices doing justice to the beautiful compositions and arrangements of Shonagh Murray.

A definite must see.

Ian Davidson 46 days ago

Having seen Armour: A Herstory Of The Scottish Bard last year, I was looking forward to Burns, A Lost Legacy by the same writer Shonagh Murray and production company. It did not disappoint. Shonagh created a roller coaster of emotions whilst updating the story of Sarah Burns last seen in Armour. The stagecraft and direction of Melanie Bell brought together an excellent cast of actors who left you laughing and crying in equal measure. It is testament to their training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland that this Production was as professional as any I have seen. My next ticket is already ordered as once this production receives the reviews that Armour did last year, they will be difficult to get. Well done everyone associated with such a great show

Allison Murray 48 days ago

Wonderful preview show yesterday-including powerful and moving themes within family relationships, of love, loss, anger, loyalty- full of heart rending emotion, very tender and poignant, but at times very funny too. Excellent performances from all four actors, especially Nina Gray, whose versatility in playing a child growing into maturity as an adult is amazing, and hats off to Samuel Stuart, who moved effortlessly and convincingly back and forward between four different characters! . Loved the singing and music too. I'd recommend also seeing the sister musical "Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard" to give some additional background and to appreciate some of the poignant family connections.

Martyn Dempsey 49 days ago

Caught the first preview of ‘Burns a Lost Legacy.’ Am a big Robert Burns enthusiast and was great to see this moving and timely take upon the life of his granddaughter Sarah Burns. There is a beautiful combination of music/story from Shonagh Murray as writer/composer who is a major emerging composing talent in UK Musical Theatre with some excellent and intricate songs which are delivered beautifully by a highly talented cast. The Rose Basement also proves great venue for this intimate chamber musical. The central relationships within this tale between Sarah Burns, her daughter Annie and husband are particularly well nuanced in this complex tale of what honouring Burns and Jean Armours legacy meant for Sarah. There’s so much within this show dealing with the difficulty of new beginnings, complexity of motherhood&heartache all this brought to Burns descendants with some really excellent Scottish folk tinged musical theatre writing that is really powerful. Well worth a trip! #takeyourhankies

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The Awkward Corner (3/5 stars) 25 days ago

The music is strong and very moving, and the songs while quiet simple in nature, convey a lot of emotion and the struggles and journey of this one family.

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The List (3/5 stars) 27 days ago

Unsung hero remembered in this tale of love and sacrifice...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 31 days ago

Burns: A Lost Legacy is not a play centred around the man who was arguably Scotland’s most famous poet. Burns himself barely intrudes on the narrative, and his work appears as a plot device and little more. As the title suggests, it is the human consequences of what he left...

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 32 days ago

Making their return to the Fringe and the Scottish Bard, Fearless Players continue their theme honouring the women surrounding Robert Burns.

Moving a couple of generations along, Burns’ granddaughter, Sarah, is the central character in this piece. She and her husband, Dr Berkeley Hutchinson, left Britain for Australia with their children in 1852. Travelling was a dangerous endeavour in this time and their children succumbed to fever and die on the voyage.

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 46 days ago

Burns: A Lost Legacy, directed by Melanie Bell, tells the story of Robert Burns' granddaughter, Sarah (Bethany Tennick) and her fight to keep the royalties for her grandfather's poems in the family. This is Fearless Theatre's newest offering to the Fringe on the subject of the women linked to the...

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