Jeremy Fraser

 The man of the moment.

 Jeremy Fraser is a lawyer, married with four kids – and two dogs – living in an old farmhouse in the Scottish Borders. He went to the Edinburgh Acting school in his 20’s [a few years ago] and has appeared in several plays over the years. Four years ago, the stage bug caught up with him again and he joined his local Am Dram group.

 FLESH has given him the opportunity he loves of creating a character and telling a story, in this case the chilling tale of William Burke, an Irishman described variously as ‘charming and well-spoken with the natural vivacity of the Irishman’, ‘outgoing and gregarious’ and ‘a respectable and reasonable man, – had he not been a murderer’. Ironically, Burke frequently attended the Presbytery and could often be seen with a Bible in his hand so, when our Burke sings the plaintive song ‘I Will Be Your Friend’, he no doubt means it.

Jeremy says of our production – ‘It’s a great story, overlaying some of the less desirable features of modern Britain onto early 19th century Scotland and challenging some of the societal and judicial structures that favour the wealthy and powerful and lessen the plight of the poor, all done with a touch of wit and a knowing wink. The songs are all great starting, and ending, with the tavern song,‘Hey! Ho!’. The whole piece comes together as a thoroughly enjoyable piece of musical theatre.’

In those few idle moments of his busy life, Jeremy plays hockey, tennis, runs with his local running club and spends time in the Highlands bagging the occasional Munro.



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Hilary Ballantyne ️

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

Sheena McIntosh

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.

Alison Wilson️

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

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

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

North West End UK

Flesh is a campy, fun jaunt through some of the darker side of Edinburgh’s history!

This tale starts at the point of Burke and Hare are arrested for the Westport murders before we travel back in time and follow them on their whirlwind killing spree. Both Jeremy Fraser and Roddy Macleod did an excellent characterization of the infamous killers, and the supporting cast were fantastic! I personally highly enjoyed Anna Scott as Mag, she did a great job at portraying the kind of character you love to hate, and Alison Henry as Nell had a fantastic voice. Frank Burr was a delight in the role of Dr Knox.

Anna Scott

Playing the role of Mag, William Hare’s partner and owner of the Tanner’s Close Boarding House where most of the murders were committed, is 20-year

Alison Henry

    Introducing the first of our Leading Ladies, Alison Henry is no stranger to the stage having appeared in numerous musicals, pantomimes and sung with

Roddy MacLeod

Introducing the first of our gruesome twosome, Roddy MacLeod, who takes on a lead role as William Hare, a mad Irishman with the ‘insane levity

Frank Burr

   Appearing in a Court near you during the day and masquerading as the aloof, ambitious and arrogant anatomist Dr Robert Knox in the evening,

James Cumming

Thomas Ireland made a name for himself by covering the trial of Burke for the Edinburgh Courant, obtaining an interview with Burke after his conviction

Katie Laird

      Katie plays our Cub Reporter, a breed that didn’t exist in the early 19th century, working with the man she has set her heart

Olav Darge

  In spite of the name, Olav is as Scottish as cock-a leekie. Or a deep-fried Mars bar?   He has had Am Dram character

Tegan Gourlay

   Introducing Tegan Gourlay, our choreographer extraordinaire. Tegan leads our dances in her role as Jess, the Landlady of the West Port Tavern.    Tegan

Archie Lowe

     Archie is returning to the Fringe after a lengthy break having last appeared as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls. He has played many

Georgia Heriot

Georgie Heriot is a 22 year-old actor and theatre maker who got her first in Drama and Performance in the Highlands before coming back to

Chloe Robertson

   Welcome to our newest member, Chloe Robertson, a 24-year old from Edinburgh who is very much at home in the Fringe. Chloe is joining

Carolyn Thorburn

    The second of our cast posts features Carolyn Thorburn who is a member of our chorus and who will also assume the role of

Mhairi Steel

This is the first of a series of intros to our wonderful cast – Mhairi Steel from Whitburn, West Lothian.

Derek Batchelor

   Scriptwriter Derek Batchelor is a long-retired Queen’s Counsel whose legal career included writing Reports and discussion Papers for the Scottish Law Commission, Crown Office,

John Montgomery

  Following upon his success at the Edinburgh Fringe and elsewhere in Scotland with his musical Deacon Brodie, our prolific and talented composer and lyricist,


   The flamboyant period costumes worn by our cast in FLESH have been provided by ALLEGRO from their enormous wardrobe of period costumes and accessories