In a dank cell, Queen Mary, the first woman to wear the English crown, meets the Archbishop she will condemn to burn… and confronts her own bloody reputation.
She’s a failed monarch, a delusional madwoman unfit to rule, a Bad Thing. Bloody Mary is vilified in history. But what of the woman behind the reputation? In Burn, a conversation between the monarch and the man she will send to die, a defiant Mary tells her own story.
LUCY BERESFORD-KNOX is a writer, actor and publishing professional. As a writer, her short pieces include 'Revolving Doors' (Acalia Arts Festival) and 'Paint Stripper' (Pass it On, Drayton Arms). She has also performed with the Yellow Coat Theatre collective, with comedy troupe The Paupers, and in new work 'Cheating Death' (Max Nowaz, Cockpit Theatre). She has a degree in History which fuelled her fascination with how we portray female ‘villains’ in history, and now works in publishing. BURN is her debut play.