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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.


At Mix Up Theatre this week!...


1. Disney's Aladdin



Edinburgh Playhouse until 18th November


Experience the magic of Agrabah come to life! Aladdin the Musical offers dazzling performances, breathtaking sets, and timeless songs.

Georgie (Age 8) - ★★★★★

"I really liked it, and it was funny I give it 10 out of 10. I liked when the genie came out of the lamp and when he was free. The singing and dancing was great I liked the dance with the umbrella's. The magic carpet was amazing going up in the air I wish i had one."


2. Trolls Band Together

Film - Cinema


DreamWorks’ hit animation gets a hilarious boy band-themed sequel!

Georgie (Age 8) - ★★★★★

"I really liked it, the music was good I was singing along it was funny and I give it 10 out of 10. It's really nice poppy has a sister as well. There's lots of bright colours in the movie and that made it fun."

Have you seen it?


3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Film - Sky Cinema - Netflix


With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

Niamh (Age 9) - ★★★★★

'I love the movie so much it was really good. I loved how Harry was able to see and save Mr Weasley before he died, I am glad he did not die.

I was so mad when Harry got expelled from Hogwarts but I’m so glad he didn’t get expelled from Hogwarts in the end. I was shocked when Sirius died.

I enjoyed it but it didn’t put as much detail as the Book so I enjoyed the book the best I give it five stars'

Have you seen it?


4. Iron Man 3

Film - Disney+


When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★★

"I loved this film!! The main characters (Tony Stark, Colonel Rhodes, and Pepper) were all amazing! There were lots of things I enjoyed about this movie; I enjoyed the Mandarin turning out to be an actor, I think that multiple Iron Man suits are awesome, and Harley was pretty funny at times as well. Aldrich Killian was making some weird new version of people, they were kinda creepy, as they could breath fire and melt stuff. Aldrich also made 'the mandarin', a figure he used to make people believe was behind all this terrorism. There were some confusing parts of this movie though; this is not the last film Tony Stark (Iron Man) is in but he blew up all his suits, Pepper survives a 200 foot drop, and why would Rhodes change the name 'War Machine' to 'Iron Patriot'. The brilliant characters and the great storyline, is what made this film so good! 'My Favourite character top of this movie' is:

1. Tony Stark (Iron Man)

2. Colonel Rhodes (Iron Patriot/War Machine)

3. The goofy actor behind 'the mandarin'

Overall, I think that phase two of the infinity saga has started brilliantly! Hopefully 'Thor: the dark world' will be just as good as this film!"

Have you seen it?


5. Goosebumps

TV Series - Disney+


A group of five high schoolers unleash supernatural forces upon their town. Now, they must work together in order to save it.

Evan (Age 12) - ★★★★★

"The casting is really good. Same with the story, it's a perfect mix of scary and comedy. 5 pumpkins our of 5"

Have you seen it?


6. Mercat Tours: Ghostly Underground



Blair Street Underground Vaults, Edinburgh


Daytime tour of Edinburgh's haunted vaults, where you can hear more about mischief-makers, murderers and vagrants.

Charlie (Age 13) - ★★★★ 1/2

'I really enjoyed it. I was expecting it to be all boring and about history we had already learned but it was really good at telling you enough information on the ghosts that it seemed quite scary but not like it was made up.

I would definitely go with friends again to see if anything different happened again but overall I would say it was interesting.

And that I might revisit it.'


7. The Truman Show

Film - Netflix - Amazon - Sky Cinema


An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Harrison (Age 9) - ★★★★


8. The Avengers

Film - Disney+


Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★1/2

"I really enjoyed this movie, it was unrealistic at times, which is not something that I like. This film brought together Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Agent Barton, and agent Romenoff, to create a group of heroes, The Avengers. I loved the arguing between The Avengers, it was hilarious. The brother of Thor, Loki, came with an army of extraterrestrials to conquer Earth, with The Avengers split apart and Nick Fury constantly disagreeing with the 'council', Earth needs saving. There were quite funny moments in the film, I really enjoyed them. 'My Favourite character top 3 of this movie' is:

1. Hulk (Bruce Banner)

2. Iron Man (Tony Stark)

3. Captain America (Steve Rogers)

'The Avengers' is the last movie in phase one of MCU, Iron Man 3 kicks off phase two, hopefully it's just as good as this film!"

Have you seen it?


9. Captain America: The First Avenger

Film - Streaming Disney+


Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier, transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a warmonger and a terrorist organization.

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★1/2

"I really enjoyed this film, the film was set during the 1940s. The highlights for me were; Steve Rogers trying (and failing) to get into the U.S. army, he takes part in a project and becomes Captain America after finally getting a place in the army. Steve also had a friend (Bucky Barnes) who was in the US military, Steve soon learns Bucky is either dead or held captive by HYDRA (the Nazi division for science). HYDRA is led by the power-hungry Red Skull, who plans to conquer all the planet for himself, including Nazi Germany. This plot is very thrilling to watch!

'My Favourite character top 3 of this movie' is:

1. Howard Stark (he was absolutely hilarious)

2. Steve Rogers

3. Bucky Barnes

Overall a great film, with amazing characters, and dramatic scenes (a bit over-dramatic at times). I recommend this movie to anyone who likes action-adventure films."

Have you seen it?


10. Dr. Arnott's Sampling Sensation - Immersive Workshop & Guided Tour

Tour - Gallery - Theatre - Workshop - History


Uncover the secrets of 17th-century medicine with a hands-on workshop led by an expert from his time: Dr Arnott. As the wealthiest resident of Mary King’s Close, Dr Arnott once owned not one but two properties on the street. His wealth outstripped even that of his popular and business-savvy neighbour, the local merchant and city burgess, Mary King…

Hollye (Age 13) - ★★★★

"I thought that it was really fun and interesting seeing how people lived all those years ago. The tour guide [Adam] was also lovely,"


What else is on?...

Music for Beach Wheelchairs

Music - Fundraiser

Bellfield, Portobello


Fundraiser for Beach Wheelchairs Portobello, featuring three great local ensembles

Local Portobello bands: Fish to Fry quirky 4-piece; swing and stuff! Portobello Community Choir the joy of singing Drookit music from Scotland and beyond Pay what you can: £10 suggested. Cash or card on the door Light refreshments provided - BYOB Fundraiser for Beach Wheelchairs Portobello.


Edinburgh Gang Show 2023

Theatre - Music - Event - Comedy

until Saturday 18th November, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh


After an amazing return last year, the Edinburgh Gang Show is well and truly back and ready for another brilliant week of making memories and bringing joy to Edinburgh.

Over 250 young people from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh will light up the Festival Theatre with energetic, hilarious and moving performances!

An eclectic programme of show-stopping musical items, comedy, drama and dance awaits you. Be part of our incredible adventure on the crest of a wave in 2023!


The Snow Queen


Thursday 23rd November - 31st December


By Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Morna Young Directed by Cora Bissett

Following classic Christmas production of An Edinburgh Christmas Carol the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh presents a brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen for Christmas 2023.

Aince upon a time, in a world lang forgotten, strange creatures roamed the land...

When the beautiful and fearsome Snow Queen steals young Kei away to her frozen kingdom, she leaves behind the brave and brilliant Gerda, an Edinburgh lass who will stop at nothing to rescue her best friend.

But the Snow Queen has lodged shards of her magical ice into Kei’s heart, turning him cold and mean. Can Gerda, with the help of friends she meets along the way, track her pal through the magical, wintery world of the Snow Queen and melt his frozen heart before it’s too late?

Join us for a beautiful, festive and musical adventure as we follow young Gerda on her quest to save Kei, and the world, from an eternal winter. Snow, songs, ice palaces, and a dazzling pink unicorn awaits!


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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