We (DarkChat David and Anne) chose to close our visit to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year with Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tour. We had two eight year-olds to entertain - they like to sing and dance - and DarkChat David thought this would appeal to all of us. Beforehand, the children expressed some reservations, so we explained that if they didn't enjoy it, we would just hand back our headphones and head home. To be honest, I was also undecided as to whether this was something we would all enjoy.
At 6pm we joined a crowd of about fifty in the Grassmarket, collected our headphones - to enable us to hear the music and Guru Dudu's instructions - and began the warm up.
What followed was a ridiculous amount of fun for adults and children alike, as we sang and danced our way around
the centre of Edinburgh. As someone who is shy about singing in public, I found the headphones helped remove
inhibitions and the music, from the seventies onwards, was very well chosen and appealed to adults and children
alike, and the idea that we wouldn't enjoy the show completely evaporated.
At the end of the tour, we were tired but happy. Guru Dudu concluded by suggesting that we all take the time to
dance around the house to a bit of disco every day and he may well be on to something!
Reviews by 8 Year Olds
This was a show outside and was about dancing, singing and music.
The main character is GURU DUDU but also the audience. We enjoyed the music because it had ABBA. You go round 1/8 of Edinburgh dancing and singing (Dave told us it was 1/8 of Edinburgh) while listening to music on headphones.
It was fun and we even nicknamed Darkchat Dave: "Disco Dave" because of his funny dancing. The best bit was the songs because they included Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous and Celebrate.
I recommend that anyone 4+ see it.
Grassmarket East (Venue 165)
Friday 10th August