Fringe Review: Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours

The silent disco goes mobile as participants sing and dance along Rundle Mall, but only they can hear the music!

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C’mon everybody, get down, get with it!
Overall
4

Reviewed along Rundle Mall on 1 March 2019

Presented by Guru Dudu Productions Pty Ltd

Fringe stalwart, the Silent Disco, goes mobile, and not even 40°C heat can dampen the enthusiasm of the participants and onlookers.

Capturing the spirit of the Fringe, the Silent Disco Walking Tour provides noise-cancelling headphones so that only participants can hear the music and instructions from the expert DJ leading the tour. Onlookers see, film and mingle with the mob as it sings and dances its way down Rundle Mall.

It’s an extraordinary phenomenon to see most onlookers embracing the bizarre and seemingly random actions of the participants. Cameras fly out from purses to capture the moment, others jump right in and dance alongside them. For the participants, the expert guide quickly erases any trace of self consciousness so even those with two left feet and a voice like a cat on heat are quickly lost in the moment and joining in fully – but that’s enough about me.

Disko Duk Duk (Dave Hall) lead the tours for the first weekend of March. His high energy, wicked plots to dance around oncoming pedestrians, and funny commentary all added to a high-spirited, riotously good time. The singalong soundtrack was exceptionally well chosen, ranging from You’re the One That I Want to Bee Gees, Queen and some more recent popular tunes. With 4 years experience behind him, Duk Duk provided instructions with ease and guided the troupe in and out of air conditioned surroundings to ensure no one overheated or over-exerted themselves any more than they wanted to.

Duk Duk will be replaced by Guru Dudu himself from March 7-10, and then DJ Danni Disco from 14-17 March.

The Silent Disco Walking Tour is suitable for children and adults alike, so long as you’re mobile and willing to join in the fun. What better way to burn some calories, bond with strangers, and bring a smile or confused frown to the faces of the many onlookers.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Venue 1:  Meet at the Mall’s Balls, 100 Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Season:  Thursdays to Sundays until 17 March 2019
Venue 2: Westfield at Tea Tree Plaza, 976 North East Road, Modbury
Season: 17 March 2019 only
Duration:  1 hour
Tickets:  $14 – $24

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