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 parts in the literary As You Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Flood by Andre Obey [Noah in the French original] and has performed in the pop musicals Oliver and Grease. In the late 80’s and early 90’s you could hear his dulcet tones when he sang with the group Dulcet Tones around Perth, Dundee and Fife.

 An English teacher by profession, he is living his alternative reality in playing the very Scottish Whig lawyer defending William Burke –   Henry Cockburn, Q.C., founder of the Cockburn Association dedicated to the conservation of our fine City, a man described as immensely popular with his peers, a good swimmer, accomplished skater and an intense lover – of the breezes of heaven!

[Note: Cockburn in fact acted for Nell McDougall but we’re allowed a bit of poetic licence!]

 Of FLESH, he says ‘John and Derek have created such a wonderful original work with some fabulous set pieces. The more you listen to each song, the more you enjoy them. It’s great fun being part of this production.’

At the time of writing, his favourite is the ensemble Abba number Sailing to America.

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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

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