Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.


  • Promise Productions
  • Deon Denton
  • Erin Jones
  • Apr 13 - Apr 21, 2024
  • 1 hour, 45 minutes. No intermission
  • Guloien Theatre
  • Details

    Things We Lost in The Fire is a riveting exploration into the aftermath of a tragic fire that engulfed a downtown building leaving behind a trail of destruction and uncovering the hidden truths of its residents’ lives. As investigators delve deeper into the ashes, secrets long buried begin to emerge, shedding light on the tangled webs of deceit, love, and loss.

    Set against the backdrop of a community grappling with grief and redemption, this powerful play takes audiences on a journey of discovery, as characters confront their pasts and grapple with the consequences of their actions. With each revelation, the lines between truth and deception blur, challenging perceptions and unraveling the fabric of trust.

    Featuring a talented ensemble cast and masterful storytelling, Things We Lost in The Fire is a poignant exploration of human resilience, the bonds that unite us, and the scars that remain long after the flames have been extinguished. Don’t miss your chance to witness this unforgettable theatrical experience.

    "A moving drama with terrific performances, Things We Lost in The Fire has messages we all need to hear right now." A View From the Box

    "A group of residents in a historical building are brought in during an investigation to discuss their involvement in a building fire. The audience will hear from an ensemble cast, as each has their own version, but will soon realize there is something more sinister afoot. Someone started that fire, but someone did something much more horrible. It’s vague, we know. But what could be more horrible than collective arson? You’ll soon find out." Readrange.com top pick selection at the 2023 Toronto Fringe Festival

    Audience Advisory: Mature Language, content, and subject matter. This production includes scenes depicting abuse, encompassing physical and emotional violence, sexually suggestive content, infidelity, and murder. Additionally, flashing lights, a prop gun, and loud gunshot sounds and music are utilized. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

     Performance Notes
    Post-Show Talkback in the Theatre
    • Sunday, April 14 following the 1:30pm performance
    Pay-What-You-Can Performance
    • Tuesday, April 16 @ 7:30pm
    Deon Denton (playwright and Miss Effie) is an accomplished writer, director, and actor, serving as the Artistic Director at Promise Productions. She spearheaded the creative vision behind the musical Pieces of Me at Canada Christian College (2008) and Theatre Passe Muraille (2013). Deon’s talent shines through in her multi-faceted involvement in the unforgettable Charlie’s Having a Baby, a standout production at the 2009 and 2012 Toronto Fringe Festivals, where she penned, starred in, and directed the piece. Her emotionally resonant play, No Visible Scars, garnered acclaim at the New York Fringe Festival (Off-Off Broadway). Additionally, Deon explored the effects of alcoholism in the poignant To Jane with Love, which captivated audiences at both the 2016 Toronto Fringe and the Midtown Theatre Festival (Off-Off Broadway). Notably, she wrote, directed, and delivered a stellar performance in the ensemble-driven Things We Lost in The Fire, which premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
    Erin Jones (director), a theatre multi-hyphenate in directing, playwriting, acting, and stage managing, loves theatre. She wrote/produced the award-winning Time Limits Dropped on Easter Sunday (Toronto Fringe Festival). Erin co-authored a children’s musical play and supports the performing arts behind the scenes. She was Assistant Director for Cripple of Inishmaan in Scarborough. She directed Exit: An Illusion for Shadowpath Theatre, and And One More Thing as part of Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival. She is thrilled to be reunited with many familiar faces and grateful for the opportunity to direct this great cast.
    For more information on the entire Promises Productions team visit:
  • The Team


    • Deon Denton - Miss Effie
    • Lizette Mynhardt - The Compliant Wife
    • Joshua Bishop - The Abusive Husband
    • Mari MacDonald - The Good Wife
    • Kayne Wylie - The Officer
    • Jen Hashimoto - The Prude
    • Matt Scerri - The Unsatisfied Husband
    • Brooke Friendly - The Investigator
    • Lucy Ellis - The Busker


    • Deon Denton - Playwright
    • Erin Jones - Director
    • Harry Dieu - Set Designer
    • Victoria Van Der Meulen - Set Designer
    • Amy Reuben - Lighting Designer and Dramaturge
    • Mackenzie Hay - Costume Designer
    • Eleanor Vaz - Make-up Artist
    • Gerrick Denton - Stage Manager
    • Zahra Lokhandwala - Backstage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager
    • Alejandro Gardia Rogriguez - Social Media Coordinator
    • Jen Norman - Publicist