Appearing in a Court near you during the day and masquerading as the aloof, ambitious and arrogant anatomist Dr Robert Knox in the evening, we present Frank BURR, Advocate.
Frank has been acting since he was 6 years old – some say he still acts in his day job – and has performed with the Haddo players in Aberdeenshire, with Onstage 66, Leith Theatre and with the Wardie Players. He has also sung, along with the broadcaster Richard Baker, with the Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society.
In our production, Frank favours the sentimental ballads ‘Golden Days’ and ‘Nobody Was Listening’ though he also loves the buzz of ‘Sailing To America’.
He finds it ironic that the surgical anatomists of the early 19th century found cures for the rich and wealthy by using the bodies of the poor, stolen from Edinburgh’s cemeteries by the grave robbing ‘resurrectionists’, a theme revisited in Frank’s solo number ‘Pond of Life’.
His character, Dr Robert Knox, went one further, personal ambition driving him to turn a blind eye and incite the murder spree of Messrs Burke and Hare. As the children’s skipping rhyme of the time tells us –
‘Burke’s the Butcher; Hare’s the Thief. Knox the Boy who buys the Beef.’
Frank is also now taking on the additional role of Lord Advocate Rae.