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Mix Up Fringe Festival: Top 20!

Updated: Aug 24, 2021


Mix Up Theatre lists the Best Shows at the Festival this year!


Stuck for what to see? Don't worry we'll help!

The list will change every day based on reviews from Mix Up students, families & staff as well as published reviews from the press.



 

1. POLICE COPS: BADASS BE THY NAME ★★★★★

Comedy

Age: 14+

Venue: Assembly George Square Gardens

Dates: 16th - 29th

Hot off the back of sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Soho Theatre London and San Fransisco Comedy Fest; multi-award-winning troupe Police Cops return with their latest comedy blockbuster. A gritty kitchen-sink drama turns into a vampire-slaying horror epic. Complete with a 90s rave soundtrack, supercharged physical comedy and more vampires that you can shake a stake at. Winner: Amused Moose Comedy Award. Winner: The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. ***** (EdFestMag.com). ***** (Stage). 'I paid £12, I would have paid £13' (Dara Ó Briain). 'Most brilliantly stupid comedy show of 2020' (Evening Standard).


Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Cameron (Age 18) - ★★★★★

“Police Cops are a polished unpolished tidy mess. In a good way. A very chaotic masterpiece."




Press Reviews -

The List - ★★★★★


 

2. IS THIS A DAGGER? ★★★★★

Children's Shows (Storytelling, Theatre)

Age: 8+

Venue: The Scottish Storytelling Centre

Dates: Until 29th, 1:00pm

By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon returns to the Netherbow stage to tell Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again. 'A tale of sound and fury, signifying first-class theatre for everyone over eight' (Herald). 'Strikingly heartfelt and intelligent… immensely classy stuff' (Scotsman).


Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Magnus (Age 11) - ★★★★★

“I really enjoyed Is this a Dagger at the Scottish Storytelling centre. It’s named after the line Macbeth said before he killed Duncan. I give it eleventeen stars out of five!"



Press Reviews -

The Scotsman - ★★★★★

Corr Blimey- ★★★★★


 

3. A RUBBISH MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM ★★★★★

Children's Show (Theatre, Comedy)

Age: 3+

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard

Dates: 25th - 29th

Fairies. Goblins. Donkeys... Super Soakers!? Four idiots wearing bed sheets for togas, attempt to stage Shakespeare's mischievous comedy, using only a box of pound-shop props, a camel onesie, some lightsabers and a ladder they found by the bins. The hilarious Rubbish Shakespeare Company returns with 2019's critically acclaimed, unique interpretation of The Dream. Perfect for ages 4-104! 'It's pure rubbish... and you'll love every minute' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'One of those rare pieces of theatre with something for everyone' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). 'Like Horrible Histories but funnier' (Primary Times).

Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Stewart - ★★★★★

“We do a theatre trip to see Rubbish Shakespeare Company every year and it's always hilarious! Every kid loves going to see them!”




 

4. MR. DILLY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND ★★★★★

Children's Shows (Storyelling, Adaptation)

Age: 5+

Venue: Online

Dates: Until 30th

Join Mr Dilly and MacMillan Children’s Books on a joyous journey to the magical world of Wonderland, where nothing is as it seems! Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, you’re invited to a unique first-person glimpse into Wonderland! Meet your favourite unforgettable characters as Mr Dilly brings to life the grinning Cheshire Cat, the anxious White Rabbit, the noble White Knight; and join an endless tea-party with the Mad Hatter himself! Rediscover the magic! Don’t be late: you’d be mad to miss it!. ‘Just brilliant!’ (ScoopTheMag.co.uk). ‘Absolutely fantastic!’ (BBC Radio Surrey).



Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Callum (Age 9) - ★★★★★

“My favourite character was everyone."



Press Reviews -

The Edinburgh Reporter - ★★★★★


 

5. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE ★★★★★

Theatre (Verbatim, Science)

Nottingham New Theatre

Age: 12+

Venue: The Space @ Surgeons Hall

Dates: Until 28th

'It’s a man’s world' they say, looking at Earth. But beyond that, the vast expanse we call ‘space’, is largely unknown, unclaimed; a free for all. At least, it could be if my boss stopped calling me ‘sweetheart’. Eve always knew she belonged in the stars, but those on Earth keep bringing her down. Watch her grow up and grow wiser about how rocket science is the easy part, but being treated equally isn’t. This piece of verbatim theatre uses interviews from over 20 female aerospace professionals and presents their experiences navigating this male-dominated industry.



Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Callie (Age 13) - ★★★★★

“It was very inspirational and brings to light the struggle of gender inequality."



Press Reviews -

Binge Fringe - ★★★★★

Broadway Baby- ★★★★★

Theatre Weekly- ★★★


 

6. MYRA'S STORY ★★★★★

Theatre (Drama)

Age: 14+

Venue: Assembly George Square Gardens

Dates: 6th - 29th

Myra, a middle-aged, homeless Dublin street drinker, is feisty, funny and tragic. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from the passing city centre throngs. Between begging, she relives her back story. Playing all the characters and acting out all the incredible events that have led her to this pitiful existence, Myra takes us on a swirling, searing, at times hilarious, but ultimately heart-breaking journey. Winner of Best Tragedy award, United Solo Festival (New York, 2016). You'll laugh with Myra... you'll cry with Myra... what you'll never do, is forget her.

Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Stewart - ★★★★

“Actress Fiona Hewitt-Twamley gives an unforgettable performance in this melancholy tale of Myra, a Dublin homeless woman who tells the story of her life to the audience. Written and directed by Derry playwright Brian Foster this finds the right balance between full on belly laugh humour and the more tragic side of Myra's story. Hewitt-Twamley is great fun but equally heartbreaking in the role and has fantastic moments where she plays all the characters in Myra's life."





Other Reviews -

Broadway Baby - ★★★★★

British Theatre Guide - ★★★★★

One4Review - ★★★★★

EdFringe Reviews - ★★★★★

Corr Blimey - ★★★★★

The Edinburgh Reporter - ★★★★

EdFringe Reviews - ★★★★

TheStudent - ★★★★

The Scotsman - ★★★★


 

7. SHOOK ★★★★

Theatre (Drama, Modern)

New Celts Productions and Twisted Corners

Age: 16+

Venue: The Space Triplex

Dates: Until 28th, 1:10pm

For Cain, Ryan and Jonjo life as young offenders is tough. Each there for different reasons, they are forced to spend their sentences together, killing time by exchanging sweets, banter and truths, sharing one thing in common – awaiting fatherhood. With their responsibilities as parents impending, Grace must help them turn from boys to men before they are forever lost to the system that failed them as children. This new and exciting piece of writing is a must-see for its honesty, timely themes and persistent comedy, guaranteed to make audiences leave laughing and with something to think about.


Reviews -

The Edinburgh Reporter - ★★★★★

Edinburgh Capital News - ★★★★★

Culture Fix - ★★★★

My Theatre Mates - ★★★★


 

8. BROMANCE ★★★★

Dance, Physical Theatre, Circus

Age: 3+

Venue: Assembly George Square Gardens

Dates: 5th-29th

International award-winning smash-hit Bromance is back! Five-star circus about camaraderie and affection. Audacious, touching, exhilarating tour de force of physical heroics where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips. Among the UK's hottest circus companies, Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show-stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre. Winners of 2013 Circus Maximus Award; 2014 Total Theatre and Jackson's Lane Award for Circus. 'Astonishing' **** (Time Out). 'A wonder to behold' **** (Metro). 'Jaw-droppingly magnificent show...' (Stage).



Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Eugene (Age 16) - ★★★★★

“Inspiring, impressive, and oddly hilarious."


Other Reviews -

On the Mic - ★★★★★

Broadway Baby - ★★★★★

Broadway World - ★★★★

Culture Fix - ★★★★

The Wee Review - ★★★★

Binge Fringe - ★★★


 

9. MEET ASTRID LINGREN'S PIPPI LONGSTOCKING ★★★★

Children's Show (Storytelling)

Age: 4-10

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard

Dates: until 29th August, 11:15am

Nine-year-old Pippi Longstocking is strong, brave and fearless. When she comes to live in her new home with her monkey and horse but with no parents and no rules, she brings chaos and confusion to the folk of this ordinary town. What else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain? Olivier Award-nominated Wizard Presents has created a playful and quirky solo show performed by storyteller Sofie Miller. Expect mischief, laughter and audience interaction!



Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Georgie (Age 6) - ★★★★★

“I loved all of it. My favourite bit was Pippi snoring and helping to pick the fruit. The DIY necklace was a nice surprise, [although it didn't last long as a necklace and soon became a headband - dad]”



Press Reviews -


 

10. POLICE COPS ★★★★★

Comedy

Age: 12+

Venue: Online

Dates: 6th-30th

1976: Rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother's death. Teamed up with a disgraced, renegade named Harrison, the pair begin to unearth the secrets that the case holds. Police Cops is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car. Returning from sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre London and San Francisco Comedy Fest; critically-acclaimed Police Cops bring you their multi-award-winning comedy blockbuster – an action-packed hour of adrenaline-fuelled physical comedy, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair. Winner: Amused Moose Comedy Award.


Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Annika (Age 13) - ★★★★★

“It was a great production and the transitions, tones of the people's voices was cool."



 

11. LOUD POETS ★★★★

Spoken Word (Poetry, Compilation)

Age: 14+

Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27-28th

Showcasing the top spoken word talent the festival has to offer – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that spoken word has something for everyone. Each night features a unique line-up and Loud Poets’ classic fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching style of spoken word! This is poetry for the masses!




Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Stewart - ★★★★★

“A showcase that really gets you thinking and laughing. Loud Poets always have a great line-up!"


Press Reviews -

EdFringe Reviews- ★★★★


 

12. ON YOUR BIKE ★★★★

Musical (New Writing)

Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society

Age: 12+

Venue: The Space @ Surgeon's Hall

Dates: Until 28th, 5:25pm

Delivering food you don’t get to eat is hungry work. Outside a chicken shop, a group of delivery riders wait for orders, trying to figure out life and love while they do. Threatened by nosy landlords, angry exes and even their own employer, Eatsaroo, they realise they have to group together and take the battle to the bosses. But fighting a billion-dollar algorithm isn’t that easy. From the award-winning company who brought you SiX and Rust comes this toe-tapping new musical about love, labour and leftover pizza.


Reviews -

Musical Theatre Review - ★★★★★

Theatre Weekly - ★★★★★

Binge Fringe - ★★★★★

The Edinburgh Reporter - ★★★★

The Wee Review- ★★★★

Broadway Baby - ★★★★


 

13. PAUL CURRIE: TEET ★★★★

Comedy (Absurist, Clown)

Age: 16+

Venue: The Hive

Dates: Until 29th August, 7:00pm

Come immerse yourself in the steamy hot waters of TEET as Paul Currie dissolves, froths and fizzes all around you. Scratching and burrowing into the cotton cuticles of human empathy in an attempt to expose how we are all still sucking and biting on the TEET of Mother Nature. It's time we woke up and punched a hole through the shit blanket of mediocrity that we have all personally hand stitched and draped over ourselves. An absurdist stand-up comedy show for fans of Andy Kaufman, Samuel Beckett and The Muppet Show.


Reviews -

On the Mic - ★★★★★

The Crumb - ★★★★★

Chortle - ★★★★

One4Review - ★★★★

The Violet Curtain - ★★★★


 

14. LEO KEARSE - CANCEL CULTURE ★★★★

Comedy (Stand-Up, Political)

Age: 14+

Venue: The Free Sisters

Dates: Until 29th, 6:00pm

Stand-up show about comedy triggering the wrath of woke mobs. My comedy has led to accusations of transphobia (despite writing the offending material with a transgender woman I was dating), racism (which led to me getting blacklisted by clubs), sexism (fair dos) and ableism. I’ve also been criticised by climate activists, socialists and vegans and I’ve had fat activists demonstrate against my shows. Am I really a bad person? Can comedy survive under the constant threat of cancellation? 'Genuinely thought-provoking... hugely entertaining…. a warm and personal show' **** (Scotsman). 'A triumphant hour' (Recommend Show, Comedy.co.uk).

Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Stewart - ★★★★★

“Could be the funniest stand-up show at the festival. Non-stop laughs whilst also holding up a mirror to society and pointing a finger at some of the most ridiculous things going on at the moment with a particular pointed view at Cancel/Woke culture. You might not agree with Kearse's politics but you can't disagree with just how funny this show is!"


Other Reviews -

The Edinburgh Reporter - ★★★★


 

15. BLIZZARD ★★★★

Dance, Physical Theatre, Circus - acrobatics

Age: 5+

Venue: Online

Dates: 6th-30th

What if winter has taken over? With Blizzard, FLIP Fabrique takes you on a crazy, poetic and gentle journey in the dead of winter and invites you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. With performers at the peak of their art and outstanding visual poetry, Blizzard promises to blow away everything in its path.

Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Sophie (Age 8) - ★★★★★

“It is a good one. It shows you all the things you can do in a blizzard, the fun things you can do in the snow and how to keep warm. My favourite part was when one of the men got put in all these costumes: scarfs, boots, about 10 pairs of leggings and 13 pairs of socks on and jumpers! He almost fell over into the audience! I like all the amazing, flips and turns, they must be very strong. I recommend it to anyone who likes circuses, dancing, acrobatics, who like blizzards and who like snow."


 

16. AMAZING PRIZE FAMILY BINGO

Children's Shows (event, comedy)

Age: 5+

Venue: Lauriston Halls

Dates: Until 29th August, 1:30pm, 4:30pm

It's bingo with loads and loads of prizes. You get two bingo tickets as part of your entry. If you bring a wrapped prize, you get another ticket. Take your seats, get your dobber ready and let the winning begin. Jes is your game show host. He has crazy bingo variations like you've never seen before. Let's take the excitement through the roof! Oh, did I mention that there are loads of prizes? Just saying, because there are loads of prizes.

Mix Up Theatre Reviews:

Stewart - ★★★★

“Just a fun family friendly hour with plenty of chances to win some prizes!"


 

17. SOMETHING IN THE WATER - FOR KIDS ★★★★

Children's Show (Puppetry, Clown)

Scantily Glad Theatre

Age: 8+

Venue: Online

Dates: until 29th August