Rise Up: Crux of It Theatre

Crux of It Theatre is a company formed by six university friends who have gone from Sheffield University’s Theatre Company (SUTCo) to a fully-fledged theatre company and are now taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe, following playing to sell-out crowds at Sheffield and Edinburgh in 2018.

Despite his ability to write a successful show and directing multiple plays and musicals, the company manager of Crux of It Theatre was renowned for constantly saying the phrase “the crux of it is…”, which is where the name for the company was born.

However, although the idea for the company was initially a joke, it has turned into a name that really stands for something as a brand – a pinnacle point for the best of British wit, charm and emotional impact in theatre.

The company behind Crux of It Theatre are hoping to kickstart their careers with their first show My Mate Dave Died and continue to “reach more hearts, more fantastic full audiences and rave reviews”.

My Mate Dave Died 2018 Production

The show, which will be playing at the Edinburgh Fringe from 1 – 26 August (no show on 12 August) is about:

Jimmy and Dave, two best friends on the brink of adulthood as they reach the end of their time in sixth form. When Dave tragically dies and is sent back to the living, he is only visible to Jimmy – however it soon becomes clear that their reunion is more of a curse than a blessing. Together, Jimmy and Dave must discover how to break down the wall between the living and the dead so that Dave can pass over. It explores friendship, love, life, and death, and what would happen if our loved ones never truly left us.

Although it is their first show, Crux of It Theatre have already received rave reviews for My Mate Dave Died. Not only have audiences been excited for the return of the show to the Fringe this year, people have also called it “the best new play I’ve seen”, “a delight and a must-see” and “beautifully put together and well-acted”, so the team are definitely doing something right with this production.

The company believe that Crux of It Theatre will be doing what they haven’t seen theatre companies do before and ultimately aims to create theatre that isn’t “afraid to tackle and often challenging subject matters”. They hope to set a balance between effectively managing difficult and sensitive issues with using comedy as a vehicle to enhance the matters at hand, and this balance of themes combined with the friendship behind the company, really makes Crux of It Theatre the successful group it is.

My Mate Dave Died is hoping to retain the much-loved elements of the show – the warm familiarity of the characters, humble yet enduring wit and poignant value of the story – as well as upping the ante to make this year’s production the best version yet.

My Mate Dave Died 2018 Production

Auditions for My Mate Dave Died are open now! They will be held on 6th May 2019 in Sheffield from 5-9pm. If you can’t make the audition date, you can send in a video entry by 7th May 5pm at the latest. For more information, check out the Facebook event. Auditions are open to all abilities and backgrounds.

Quick Fire Questions

  • In the theatre world, who inspires you? “we love the work of Phoebe Waller-Bridge” and “Duncan Macmillan, who’s play People, Places and Things broke our hearts and blew our minds!”
  • What is your favourite show that you’ve seen?The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “I saw Famous Puppet Death Scenes by Old Trout Puppet Workshop…and I have never seen anything like it before in my life”
  • What is your favourite genre of theatre?“nothing is more unifying than shared laughter and enjoyment, so we’d have to say comedy”
  • What do you think we need more of in theatre? “The discussion of sensitive or taboo subject matters”

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