Silent MacDisco Walking Tours
- Donald Hutera
- 22 August 2018
A fun and very public walking/dancing experience with a Scottish slant
While Guru Dudu and others attracts those big, cultish packs of headphone-wearing punters you might've spotted boogieing through the streets, I took quite a shine to this smaller-scale variation on the same set-up.
Silent MacDisco might seem like a poor Scottish cousin but has a charm all its own. A participatory audience of no more than 30 meets at the top of Cockburn Street. For the next 45 minutes, led principally by a cute, encouraging young guy and girl, the group wends its way to various well-chosen locations up along and around the Royal Mile.
We also follow a slim but rather sweet romantic narrative (conveyed via hand-held surtitles) embracing both straight and gay love. There's an especially clever use of the 'high road/low road' levels of Victoria Street. The soundtrack, meanwhile, features a familiar shuffle of pop songs bolstered by several Scottish standards.
With an experience like this you pretty much get back what you put in. After overcoming an initial self-consciousness I surrendered to the silly, sweaty fun of it all, including unexpectedly dancing Scottish reels in an oasis-like close. This is a chance to leave a bit of yourself in the centre of Edinburgh, and share in a relaxed everyone's-a-star party vibe.
Outside Who's Who, until 27 Aug, 1pm, £12.