Flesh & Bone

The Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award '17 and Unpolished Theatre in assoc. with The Pleasance Theatre Trust present


About the show

In an East London Tower block, five characters - Granddad, Jamal, Kel, Terry, and Reiss - open the doors into their lives, connected by blood, love, illicit substances, anger, and a whole lot of heart.

In this gritty, darkly funny, in-your-face production, language is king - Londoner street talk, cockney slang, and Shakespearean poetry are brought together to explore London's working-class population. Strap yourself in, because with Flesh & Bone you're in for a wild ride.

Unpolished Theatre's new production was a smash-hit at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award, and receiving over ten four and five star reviews from Edinburgh's critics. Written by Elliot Warren, this fast-paced, visceral play will challenge, excite, and move you.


OVERALL WINNER: Adelaide Fringe 2018 Bank SA Best Theatre Award

WINNER Bank SA Best Theatre Award Week One - Adelaide Fringe 2018

WINNER Adelaide Critics Circle Award Week Three - Adelaide Fringe 2018

Praise for 'Flesh & Bone' at Adelaide Fringe 2018

★★★★★ - The Barefoot Review

★★★★★ - GLAM Adelaide

★★★★★ - Adelaide Theatre Guide

★★★★★ - Great Scott!

★★★★★ - FIVEaa

★★★★1/2 - InDaily

★★★★1/2 - The Clothesline

★★★★1/2 - Entertainment Hive

★★★★ - The Advertiser

International Praise for Flesh & Bone

"Flesh & Bone "explodes on to the stage as if Shakespeare was alive and well and living in a tower block in East London." - The Scotsman

"A visceral high-octane production." - British Theatre Guide

"Unpolished Theatre’s lyrical ode to the community of a London council estate is blunt, filthy and ingenious." - FEST Magazine

"As rollickingly funny as it is punchily poignant." - The Stage

"[During Flesh and Bone] it’s impossible not to pay attention and be bowled over by the sheer magnitude of the talent that emanates from the stage." - Miro Magazine

★★★★★ - The Scotsman

★★★★★ - British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★★ - Ed Fringe Review

★★★★ - FEST Magazine

★★★★ - Broadway Baby

★★★★ - Edinburgh Guide


Elliot Warren ‘TERRENCE’

Actor, Writer, Director

An award winning playwright and director currently starring in an online mini series created by himself called ‘STICK UP’ which is being developed into a feature film for late 2018. Played ‘Mike’ in Berkoff’s East, Llyod in Blue Stockings and Darren in online film Change.

Olivia Brady ‘KELLY’

Actor, Director

Award winning theatre director who played Sylv in Berkoff’s East, Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair, Kelsey in the online mini series Stick Up and Scarlett in online film Change.

Alessandro Babalola ‘JAMAL’


Played Othello in a UK tour with theatre company, Sisata. Starred in Whistleblower: The Story Of Edward Snowden, toured the J.C Legacy for BOK Theatre playing Olympic legend Jessie Owens.

Michael Jinks ‘REISS’


Starred in Isla V Tricht’s ‘Underground’ in New York. Appears in the new Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds movie, Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Nick T Frost ‘GRANDAD’


Nick appeared in the musicals, South Pacific and Sinbad The Great Sailor. His TV roles include The Bill, Grange Hill, Chancer, Bugs and One Foot In The Grave.

Adelaide Fringe 2018 News

★★★★★ - 'The way in which Warren has used the language in its highest and lowest forms gives this idea a potent foundation and this work a brave originality.' - The Barefoot Review

★★★★★ 'The writing and dialogue is utterly beautiful; a mix of Shakespearian iambic pentameter and common East London geezer-colloquialism tells the story in a gripping fashion.' - FIVEaa

★★★★★ 'Gritty, edgy, in your face and very, very funny....The five cast are the perfect ensemble.' - Glam Adelaide

★★★★★ 'This is an innovative and exciting work, and Unpolished Theatre are certainly a company to watch' - Great Scott

★★★★1/2 'This young UK theatre company has taken Shakespearean language and meshed it with a good lashing of colourful East End slang to create an expletive-filled, raucous ride of a show.' - Entertainment Hive

★★★★1/2 'this is a Fringe play that lovers of edgy original theatre won’t want to miss.' - InDaily

★★★★1/2 'Seriously, mixing modern Cockney and Shakespeare, vivid with as many images and as much word-play as you could imagine with the basest of language and swearing – brilliantly written, brilliantly delivered!' - The Clothesline

★★★★ 'It’s Bard to the bone...Ebullient energy, exaggerated characters and rapid pacing are mixed with deliberately incongruous music, physical comedy and in-yer-face attitude to create a compelling, highly stylised drama' - The Advertiser

'It’s all agony and ecstasy for this talented cast, who recount the funny exchanges and crushing defeats of their characters’ lives with effervescent energy.' - The Adelaide Review

'It's a gritty, darkly funny, fast-paced-in-your-face production, where language is king' - Broadway World

'Flesh & Bone is a much cleverer creation – an ode of Berkoff’s distinctive playwriting style, Shakespearean levels of verse intermingled with cockney rhyme in a contemporary and colourful way.' - Miro Magazine

'Think Shakespeare meets gruff London geezers, all told with the political bite of protest'
- Fest

'Cockney versus the BARD' - The Advertiser

'Flesh & Bone succeeds on each counts, taking its viewers on a roller-coaster experience that provokes laughs, gasps and incredulity on the chaotic creativity, raucous vitality and frequent filthiness of all of it.' - Viral Media

'There are so many things to rave about in this production – the acting, the staging, the content, and the style.' - Stage Whispers

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Origin: UK

Ratings: PG

Length: 70 minutes

Season: 2018

13-14 Feb at 7:30pm
14 Feb at 2pm
15-18, 21-25, 28 Feb, 1 Mar at 7:30pm
20, 27 Feb at 7:30pm
24 Feb, 3, 10, 17 Mar at 1:30pm
2-3, 7-10, 14-18 Mar at 9pm
4 Mar at 6pm
6, 13 Mar at 9pm
8, 14-15 Mar at 11:30am


Adult: $28.00
Concession: $25.00
Group: $22.00
Cheap Tuesday: $20.00
Preview: $18.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Studio, Holden Street Theatres

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Borders by Henry

13 Feb - 18 Mar

Holden Street Theatres - The Studio

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The Hitchhikers Guide to The Family

17 Feb - 18 Mar

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That's a Fact That's Not Fun

6 Mar - 18 Mar

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2 Mar - 16 Mar

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