Yo Gabba Gabba @ Thebarton Theatre, 14th June ’14 – Across The Ocean

Yo Gabba Gabba @ Thebarton Theatre, 14th June ’14

IT’S AWESOME! Kids descended on Thebarton Theatre for the first of three shows in Adelaide with DJ Lance making his first trip here.

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Compared to a lot of other kids shows touring around this would be right up there with the best of them giving families great entertainment and great value for money. The last Yo Gabba Gabba show in Adelaide was a bit of a disaster with no DJ Lance and a scaled back production which was disappointing. Fortunately, this was a great experience especially for my little three year old who is already asking when they are coming back.

It was a wet, windy and miserable day outside which was all the more reason to see this TV show that features on ABC 2 everyday come to life bringing plenty of colour, excitement and lots of smiles on young faces. It was a masterstroke to see almost every youngster waving their fifteen dollar light wand around in excitement of what was about to unfold.

The lights dimmed with DJ Lance encouraging everyone to start shaking out the sillies before the introductions were on in full earnest. Obviously there’s DJ Lance decked out in orange, Brobee (the little green one), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Muno (the red Cyclops), Toodee (the blue cat-dragon) and Plex the yellow robot. The secret to the show is familiarity and whether you have watched one episode or one hundred episodes the gist is pretty much the same with the same structure and catchy as hell shows that anyone can dance to.

First up it was the Name Game followed by It’s Time To Dance followed by DJ lance’s favourite words ‘it’s awesome!’ Another game then the super music friend was introduced who was Tkay Maidza who rocked the house with her cool song Brontosaurus. Back to the show is was Hold Still (Wiggle, Wiggle, Go!) that got the kids up moving. A few more songs Hugs, Peekaboo and Don’t Be Afraid took things up to the intermission which felt like the longest twenty minutes ever trying to keep a three year old entertained after hearing continuously ‘where’s Yo Gabba Gabba gone’ and ‘have Yo Gabba Gabba gone home’ – no poppet, they’re taking a quick rest.

The Yo Gabba Gabba experience wouldn’t be complete without the songs Party In My Tummy, I Love Bugs and All My Friends Are Different. It was time for a dancey dance and Lee from radio station 5AA cut a few moves for everyone to follow. The magic words were “YO GABBA GABBA” which lead in to Bubbles filling the Theatre with bubbles which a buzz for the kids down the front. The Freeze Game was another chance for the kids to interact with the show before another go at Get The Sillies Out.

Nearing the end DJ Lance says ‘it’s almost time to go’ (as he does on the TV show) with everyone responding with resounding disappointment but thanking everyone for playing today. The show closes out with the Goodbye Song making it a great afternoon. The show was great with my three year old wanting to back up for the four o’clock show. If anyone is debating about whether or not to go, don’t hesitate – it was AWESOME!

Rob Lyon

Rob Lyon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rob Lyon has been writing about all things music for well over ten years in Adelaide clocking up more live shows each year seeing the best going round.

Whether it is rummaging through vinyl at record stores such as Clarity and Title finding hidden gems to scouring the internet to find that album by the next big thing or chasing bands to get that elusive autograph and photo his passion is music all the way.
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