Flesh

Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, comedy)

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Description

The premiere of a fast, furious and funny rock musical that takes a wry take on the story of Burke and Hare – Irish navvies induced by the Edinburgh medical elite to turn their hands to murdering for profit. A high quality, humorous musical theatre extravaganza. Folk rock with Celtic overtones. Music, drama, comedy, dance and theatre all in one! Who would be daft enough to put on a musical about serial killers at the Fringe? That would be us! Get a taster at www.fleshthemusical.com

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  • Accessible entry: Venue is on the first floor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

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HILARY BALLANTINE 43 days ago

We absolutely loved this show from start to finish. It was informative in a creative way. The storyline was punchy, never a dull moment which meant we were sorry when it finished. The music was superb - I found myself singing the songs in my head after the show. It was well acted and very professional. Well done to all involved and go to see this if you get the chance

Joe perry 45 days ago

Disappointing. Out of the 15 shows we saw at the fringe this year, this was the only let down. The concept of a rock musical about Burke and Hare has so much potential, however this show does not live up to that promise.

The jokes are very weak, the songs do not add anything to the story, the dialogue is dull and the standard of acting and singing is surprisingly low. A couple of the actors could hold a tune, but they were the exception.

There are far better shows to spend your time and money on at the fringe this year!

Sheena S L McIntosh 47 days ago

Brilliant! Exposing the horror through music, gags and dance. Great performance by the grey-haired men of law. Does the end justify the means? Bruke and Hare are guilty but society pushed and pulled. Loved the use of Scots, Latin, English, Northern Irish and Irish to show the complexity, and the dancing that let us share their fear, love and hope. I left wanting to learn more.

Tom Howe 48 days ago


I wanted to like this, and the soundtrack was good, but the whole thing was poorly written. The comedy didn't land, relying on anachronism constantly, and the lyrics for the songs were in predictable rhyming couplet to the point of feeling cringy. The acting was a bit wooden and there were some tone issues too. The cast seemed to have fun putting it on, but the script needed a rewrite, I'm afraid.

Alison Wilson 48 days ago

Loved this show, 5 stars from me and would highly recommend. This show is the story of Burks and Hare and their dark endeavours. The script is witty, despite the dark theme and the music is excellent and catchy. The cast were all excellent, and I really enjoyed this look back at this infamous duo whose activities in Edinburgh are told in stories from generation to generation. This show adds a different dimension to this well kent story.
Well done to the writers and cast. If you haven’t seen this show yet - put it on you list, you won’t be disappointed

Alan Rose 51 days ago

Flesh is an entertaining romp through a dark episode in criminality (and anatomy). It packs a lot into the time with humour, effective storytelling, a great score and inventive choreography. Lots of moving parts and a sizable cast which all worked together very well.

It promises "a wry take on" as opposed to "a history of" Burke and Hare and for me it delivered completely in a very enjoyable 90 mins. If you are walking up the road away from a show and hear other departing people humming the tunes it tells you something IMHO!

Darren Hogg 52 days ago

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I loved this show. I will be going too see it again. The music was amazing and the dancing was on point. There is a lot of pop culture references all about recent events and such including a Netflix series but it is done in such a clever way. They also do break the 4th wall which I love. It’s interesting to see some of the history of Edinburgh brought back to life. The music they picked for this was definitely my favourite as the songs were all very catch and had my leg going in every song. If you only see one thing at the fringe this year go and see flesh you will not be disappointed. Also having it in surgeons hall where all the bodies ended up just makes it that much better ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

David Spence 52 days ago

In general I had a mixed opinion on this play. The songs were generally very good, and it had a few amusing moments, but too many of the 'jokes' relied on characters talking about future knowledge, such as talking about how Burke would be the subject of a Netflix series.
Add in the lack of reference to other figures in the Burke and Hare murders, such as Daft Jamie, and it felt as though they had decided to write a play about Burke and Hare that covered the essentials but didn't bother to do further research to get more than the basics of their histories.
Overall, I would give it three starts out of five at most; there is potential, but they could have avoided breaking the metaphorical fourth wall in favour of historical accuracy.

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North West End UK (4/5 stars) 47 days ago

Overall, this show was well produced and filled with wonderful character portrayals by some skilled individuals, some great vocals, big chorus pieces and some catchy tunes. Well worth a watch, missing this would be a grave mistake!

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Bouquets & Brickbats (3/5 stars) 49 days ago

The Fringe has always offered a platform to am-dram theatre groups and it’s gratifying to see this ambitious musical version of the tale selling out the spacious venue on a Tuesday afternoon.

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