My Mate Dave Died

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

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  • C venues – C aquila - temple
  • 14:10
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Crux of It Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Nudity, Strong Language/Swearing, OtherMature Themes, Sexual Themes, Loud Music, Contains themes of suicide and drug related death.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


When Dave dies and is sent back to the living, he is only visible to his best friend Jimmy. It soon becomes clear their reunion is more of a curse than a blessing. Together, Jimmy and Dave must discover how to break down the walls between the living and the dead so that Dave can pass over. This dark comedy explores friendship, love, life and death and what would happen if our loved ones never truly left us.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Restricted wheelchair access. Level access to ground floor foyer, box office, bar. Seated chair lift to upper floors (requires transfer from wheelchair). Temple space has four steps on entrance to space. Unadapted WCs on ground floor. On-street blue badge parking bay outside 14 Johnston Terrace. Assistance animals welcome. Assistance available – advance notice appreciated. For assisted bookings and to request assistance in advance phone 0131 581 5552. For this performance space: Seated chair lift to 2nd floor from foyer (requires transfer from wheelchair to chair lift at ground level, transfer from one stair lift chair to another at first floor level, and transfer back to wheelchair at second floor. Staff can carry an unoccupied manual wheelchair up the stairs while the wheelchair user uses the seated stair lift. Electric wheelchairs and heavy wheelchairs cannot be carried upstairs. If not taking the chair lift the space is accessed by two flights of stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Gordon Warrender 50 days ago

Saw My Mate Dave Died yesterday with my wife and we both absolutely loved it, very funny, very sad, great acting, well done to all, we heartily recommend it

Stuart Emmerson 51 days ago

A clever and creative plot with a perfect balance of funny and moving, carried by a wonderfully dynamic, fresh and engaging cast.

As with a lot of Fringe shows, this has potential to go much further with a bigger budget. However, imaginative direction skilfully navigates many issues and, combined with excellent acting, draws you into the characters' worlds enough to cause goosebumps or even tears in the final scene despite, or perhaps because of, such a simple production.

A really gripping and heart-warming show, which I cannot recommend enough! Only 3 shows left so make sure you get a ticket!

Margaux Coenen 51 days ago

Warning: you might cry

I loved this show. The actors tell a beautiful story about grief in such a convincing way that gave me goosebumps. I may have also shed a few tears. I also laughed though, no worries, there’s enough laughs in this play to make you go out and feel great. Go see these kids before it’s too late.

Max Kyte 52 days ago

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A really strong show! Funny, well written, silly. A unique take on a fairly topical subject.

James Ascough 52 days ago

Funny and heartfelt. Was given a couple of free tickets by a promoter and when to see. Was well worth the extra ticket we bought.

I really recommend seeing this amazing play while it is still running.


(We were told that they were not going to preform this next year.)

Kirsty Jones 54 days ago

Amazing job well done!

Despite being labelled a comedy (which is totally is had me howling within the first couple of minutes) its also a great insight into young peoples mind after loss, as funny as it is, its also heartfelt and really true. As much as i wish everyone to go and see this i think it will really appeal to young people who have had loss in their lives! Congratulations on a beautiful piece!

James Lomas 55 days ago

Super super enjoyed this! A well structured play with some great writing. Fabulous cast that bounce off each other well. This play has some brilliant humour balanced out with some contrasting scenes that touch on some dark and key themes. Enjoyed by all and would recommend to anyone!

Jeff Tate 56 days ago

Wonderful show, funny and poignant, well acted, well written...well, just go.

Paul Clayden 56 days ago

Went along to see this show after being handed the leaflet that caught my eye. The performances were amazing from a talented cast. A very emotional experience with humour blended in. Both laughter and tears. Mature performances. A real gem. It is hot in the room.

Colin Third 56 days ago

Watching this terrifically performed play really did make my day so special! Please go see, you will not be disappointed

Alex Cox 58 days ago

Wow what an amazing show! We came on a recommendation and were hugely impressed - laugh out loud funny yet dealing with tragedy too and forgiveness and friendship and love, superbly acted. Do go!

Kindall Goble 59 days ago

What a treat! ‘My Mate...’ is a funny, off beat, energetic redemption piece. The troop of very capable young actors play their (sometimes multiple) characters with convincing verve and commitment. They move moment to moment through this charmer never missing a beat. Go ahead. Spoil yourself.

Alexandra M 60 days ago

The script, staging and performance was all excellent. Went to this show unexpectedly after being offered a free ticket on the mile, enjoyed it so much that I made sure the 4 people I'm staying with all went too!

Ann Rhodes 60 days ago

Best thing I've seen all week. Funny and poignant, great acting from the whole cast.

Richard Denning 62 days ago

Fast paced show - both very funny and at times sad too. The cast are talented and several really deserve a break into show business. Well written story that works well.

David Copley 62 days ago

A touching show in the style of Randall and Hopkirk, but it genuinely brought a lump to my throat at the end.

David Sharp 63 days ago

We really enjoyed this show, despite the incredibly hot and sweaty room. We were moved by the story, enjoyed the humour in the script and performances.

Joe Podolsky 64 days ago

This is a must see. The script was powerful but poignant and acting superb. It's the best thing I've seen so far at the Fringe!

Lizzy Wasson 66 days ago

An absolute must-see. Kept me laughing the whole way through, until suddenly I was crying. The acting is brilliant, production is very well done and the location was really central. So entertaining and heartwarming - best show I saw at the fringe.

Katie Drummond 67 days ago

Engaging and absolutely hilarious, really worth going to see! Great central venue too!

Jaap Meurs 70 days ago

Absolutely loved this show. All actors were fantastic as they made us laugh out loud and shed a tear while enjoying their performance of this touching tale.. We saw a lot of (big) shows at the Fringe... This was the best of them all!!!

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Plays To See (3/5 stars) 52 days ago

The play has the potential to be a real hit, but the acting and the idea behind it require a little more nuance to bring out the valuable ore that clearly sparkles in moments of brilliance.

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Plays To See (3/5 stars) 52 days ago

My Mate Dave Died is a slickly executed new show written by Michael Alexander with real moments of excellence. It offers an effective juxtaposition between comedy and tragedy

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Binge Fringe (5/5 stars) 58 days ago

There are so, so many shows on at the Fringe, but if you’re a fan of original theatre that’s funny and sad all at the same time, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than check out My Mate Dave Died at C Aquila, Temple, Venue 21, performing at 14:10 from August 1- 11 and 13 – 26.

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