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What's On? Mix Up Recommendations

Mix Up Theatre provides a few recommendations from students, families and teachers for things to see and do!

Seen anything good lately? Send us in a quick review and a rating for anything live, theatre, comedy, online or cinema based and we'll add it to our recommendations list.




Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh - until 4th May

Set in the summer of 1945, The Girls of Slender Means follows the adventures of a group of young women who are caught between hope and unhappiness. As each girl grapples with what happened in the war, they begin to imagine what lies ahead of them in peacetime. A Schiaparelli gown, suitors and bacon rations are all bartered with in this lively and moving stage adaption of Spark's seminal novel.

Ailie (Age 14) - ★★★★★

"The Girls of Slender Means is a story about a group of young women trying to navigate their life after the end of world war 2. These girls don't have very much money, so they all share one dress to go out in which is called the Schiaparrelli gown, which is very important to them. I loved the show as it was about young girls planning their future and trying to have fun and that felt relevant to me as a teenage girl. I would rate it 5 stars as I really enjoyed the show; it was really funny but also emotional at points. I thoroughly recommend this show as it was amazing."


Film - Cinema - Sky Store


Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.

Stewart - ★★★★★

"A stunning sci-fi that continues on the world building, fantastic visuals, effects, costumes, production design etc and the cast are all fantastic - totally rooting for Zendaya and Austin Butler is a wicked new villain. Loved it! Though it is pretty long!"

Have you seen it?...




National Museum of Scotland, until 6th May

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for nearly 60 years.

Stewart: ★★★★★

"A stunning exhibition featuring some outstanding memorable images of wildlife. Definitely the highlight so far of the festival for me and I would say its definitely worth picking up the book from the shop as well so you can get more access to the excellent work on show. Fabulous.

Meanwhile of course the museum itself continues to provide a fantastic family day out."




Inverness Eden Court - until 5th May - part of UK Tour

Join all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Ben (Age 9) - ★★★★★

"It was a great musical comedy. Really child friendly, we loved it. my favourite character was king lemur. 5 out of five

P.S. I like to move it move it!"


Film - Disney+


A young and parentless girl adopts a 'dog' from the local pound, completely unaware that it's supposedly a dangerous scientific experiment that's taken refuge on Earth and is now hiding from its creator and those who see it as a menace.

Lucia (Age 10): ★★★★★

"In my review of the film, Lilo and Stitch, I would rate it 5 stars. This is because the storyline is heartwarming and makes the viewer feel positive. Lilo is an 8 year old girl who visits an adoption centre hoping to adopt a dog. Lilo doesn’t end up adopting a dog however, she ends up with an extraordinary alien, who she names Stitch. Lilo picked Stitch because he ran to her to give her a hug when he first saw her. Stitch has a beautiful heart but causes mayhem and chaos on earth. An example of this is when he built a brilliant mini city with Lilo’s toys in her bedroom and then destroyed it straight away. Lilo and Stitch is a great family film and is very entertaining for every age, from adults to very young children. My favourite character is Stitch because he is very funny and cute. For instance, when Lilo bought him an ice-cream he rubbed it on his head, not knowing what to do with the ice-cream. It is a great film!"

Have you seen it?


6. Kung Fu Panda 4

Film - Cinema - Sky Store


After Po is tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace, he needs to find and train a new Dragon Warrior, while a wicked sorceress plans to re-summon all the master villains whom Po has vanquished to the spirit realm.

Nina (Age 11) - ★★★★★

"It was a really funny and adventurous movie. Jack Black voices the role of Po really well. And there's brand new characters to look forward to. Expect the fun of the first three films in this movie. It's a barrel of emotions. 5 stars - brilliant movie highly recommended."

Have you seen it?


7. Thor: Ragnarok

Film - Disney+


Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★1/2

"Hulk is back in the MCU! I loved this film. The story was excellent and the cast did great.

I think seeing that other side of Odin before his passing was a brilliant touch to the film. The power of Hela was scary, she broke Mjolnir. This made me depressed, I think that a Thor with no Mjolnir is like a sandwich without cheese, it just doesn't work.

The film was a tad overdramatic in scenes, but this wasn't bad enough to ruin the film (or my review).

I can't wait to watch Black Panther next!"

Have you seen it?


8. Black Panther

Film - Disney+


T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★1/2

"Brilliant film! I really enjoyed watching it. T'challa and T'chaka were played perfectly. Most characters were great, but Klaue was weird. Killmonger was amazing, his personality was weird but it became clear in the end who he exactly was. Agent Ross was okay, Nakia was mid, Shuri was pretty good, and M'baku was kinda confusing, but he still was great.

I loved how wakanda was a hidden metropolis, how they hid themselves, and how reluctant they were to share all of their vibranium.

Overall, it was an amazing film, with few strange characters, and a brilliant superhero at the center of it all. Next I'm watching Avengers: infinity war."

Have you seen it?


Theatre - Online


Original Theatre - Theatre at Home

Forbes Masson stars in this captivating one-person play, written by Gary McNair. The classic story of Jekyll & Hyde is turned on its head revealing the depths of one man’s psyche and the lengths we will go to hide our deepest secrets. What will happen to a curious mind as it’s left to its own devices?

Daniel (Age 13) - ★★★★1/2

“This was a fantastic show which I very much enjoyed, I was especially wowed by the performance of the main and only actor, Forbes Masson. The main actor had to play many different characters and did them all perfectly which would be especially hard when he had no other actors to bounce off of. The play was condensed into about 70 minutes and went by in a flash.”




Edinburgh Playhouse until 4th May

Nominated for Best New Musical at the 2022 Olivier Awards, this smash-hit show has a phenomenal soundtrack packed full of iconic Drifters hits including Saturday Night At The Movies, Save The Last Dance For Me and Stand By Me.

Sarah - ★★★

"All the favourite Drifters songs. Singing excellent. Performances were incredible and certainly put on a show! Would recommend if you fancy a trip down memory land and to hear some fantastic vocals."


What else is on?...

BBC Radio 2 Sounds of the 80s: The Live Tour

Concert - Music

Friday 3rd May, 02 Academy Edinburgh

Saturday 4th May, 02 Academy Glasgow

Legendary DJ Gary Davies takes the UK’s most popular 80s radio show on tour. Together with his producer Johnny Kalifornia, they will take you back to the best decade in music, the 80s!


Falkirk Science Festival 2024

Festival - Event - Science - Family - Film

Various venues, Falkirk - 4th - 19th May

The fourth annual Falkirk Science Festival featuring a wide range of activities, shows, talks and screenings suitable for all. Strands for 2024 include 'Innovate' for children and families, 'Science in a Kelpie' for adults and young adults, 'Step Back in Science' looking at historical breakthroughs, and 'Wild Science' exploring animals and ecology.


Murder in the Dark

Theatre - Online

Original Theatre

What happens when the lights go out?

It’s New Year’s Eve, when a car crash on a deserted road brings famous but troubled singer Danny Sierra and his dysfunctional family to an isolated holiday cottage in rural England.

From the moment they arrive, a sequence of inexplicable events begin to occur… and then the lights go out… As the tension rises and deeply buried secrets come to light, you’ll find nothing is quite as it seems.

From the mind of acclaimed writer Torben Betts and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre, who brought you the smash hit production of The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie, Murder in The Dark will have you on the edge of your seats until the final chilling twist.

Are you brave enough to uncover the truth?


Mix Up Theatre is a youth theatre that runs drama classes for Ages 3-18 throughout Scotland (Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Linlithgow, South Queensferry) and online.

To book in for a free trial you can register HERE

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