A Nasty Case of Burns


Written by Andy Hawkes

In the highlands of Scotland, the fierce traditions of a highland estate are threatened…

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In the remote highlands of Scotland, the Auchenshoogle Estate has had a traditional Burns Night supper every January 25th for years, under the watchful eye of the local ghillie, Jock McPherson. But the untimely arrival of the new English estate owners, Nigel Cholmondley-Beauchamp and his equally irritating wife Nigella, together with their brusque butler Baines causes unexpected fireworks during the evening’s elaborately prepared celebrations…

Dramatic Personae

  • Nigel Cholmondley-Beauchamp, the pompous new owner of the Auchenshoogle estate
  • Nigella Cholmondley-Beauchamp, his equally pompus wife
  • Baines, Their anally-retentive, condescending and somewhat aloof butler
  • Jock McPherson, the estate ghillie, a fierce Scot, a staunch keeper of the Burns tradition
  • Anne McAllister, the estate housekeeper at the Auchenshoogle estate
  • Dougal Burns, the expected heir to the estate
  • Patricia McPatrick, the family solicitor
  • Inspector Foot of the Yard, an officer of the law

Additional information


5 male, 3 female


Inspector Foot can be played by a female actor

Alternate Endings



Present day

Special Costume Requirements

Highland dress for Jock

Staging Requirements

Nothing special

Suitability for Family Audiences

Suitable for all ages


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