Ever heard the cheesy expression “sing like nobody’s listening, dance like no one is watching”? Well Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour asks you to do just that, and boy is it bloody fun!
Here’s the concept of this interactive show that originally began back in Melbourne in 2013: audiences are greeted at the Malls Balls by their leader for the evening (on the night I was reviewing, it was the delightful Disco Duk Duk) and armed with a set of headphones through which you can hear the host’s voice and the music. After an explanation of what’s about to unfold and a quick pep talk from the leader, audiences are thrown straight in to being ‘the stars of the show’. So begins 50 minutes of singing and dancing to 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music as a group up and down Rundle Mall, ducking into stores and plazas (and being kicked out a few times), having a private but also very public party, part way between a silent disco, a walking tour, and a muted flash-mob. Audiences are directed to free dance or are taught easy to follow choreography, are conducted and cued when to sing, and due to being privy to being judged or further filmed while doing all of this, are encouraged to approach onlookers and perform at them.
Guru Dudu’s is an event well executed. The technological side of the show was flawless (this is the first silent disco I’ve been to where I haven’t had headphone problems), and the system itself was compact and easy to operate. The leaders are so flamboyant and funny, making everyone feel welcome and at ease with this experience. The music selection is well known and well varied, with well-planned big numbers as well as breathers - and the playlist changes every night, so you could go back again and again and have a new experience each time!
Guru Dudu’s is one of those shows that both is and isn’t for everyone; it asks you to do something we all do naturally (sing and dance to music) but also asks to do something we all wouldn’t normally do (sing and dance to music loudly and proudly in a public place). As someone who loves singing and dancing and has no shame, I absolutely loved this experience, but I recognize it wouldn’t be as enjoyable for those more reserved and/or socially conscious. However, I believe that with the right people by your side, anyone and everyone could have a funny, embarrassing, challenging, cool, innovative and all around enjoyable experience on a Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour, just like I did!
Rating: 4/5 stars
Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour is run every Thursday-Sunday at 6:30pm and/or 8:30pm for the rest of the Adelaide Fringe season. For further information or tickets, click here.
Thumbnail image via Adelaide Fringe website.