Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sat 10 Jun.
The Briefs boys are back in Adelaide with their brand-new show Close Encounters prior to spending months away from their home country performing in London. They built an Adelaide fan-base with their unique mix of drag, circus, comedy and boy-lesque in previous shows, including Briefs: The Second Coming at several Fringe Festivals.
Briefs: Close Encounters brings all new acts and some new performers to the sexy camp troupe, that has resulted in a more polished and sophisticated overall performance, at least by Briefs Factory standards who previously led the way in shocking and lewd circus shows. It is definitely still an adults only show, though, and the boys definitely still enjoy getting their kit off and twerking in their underwear for the adoring audience.
Tonight we escaped reality on the Briefs Mothership escape pod, which was led by ship’s captain Fez Fa’anana who delighted the crowd with his outlandish costumes and captivating charm. Louis Biggs is still as adorable as ever with his nerdy boy-lesque, while Mark ‘Captain Kid’ Winmill is still my personal favourite with his self-assured attitude and unique boy-lesque, comedy and aerial routines – sometimes all at once!
Formally of Circus Oz, Dale Woodbridge Brown and creative provocateur Harry Clayton Wright from the UK join the group and slide in perfectly, as does Adelaide’s own Thomas Gundry Greenfield who brings some fresh contemporary dance and hipster strength to the group. The raffle to win a special onstage surprise is still part of the Briefs formula and tonight was won by another cabaret superstar Matt Gilbertson (a.k.a. Hans), which was fitting as he bought most of the raffle tickets available to get his onstage action!
Close Encounters is like hooking up with an old ex who has learned some refined new moves over the years. It is filled to the brim with sensual energy and fabulousness which oozed from their every cell![Definitely a highlight of my 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival experience so far. – Ed.]
Briefs: Close Encounters continues at Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Adelaide Convention Centre Lawns, from 10.30pm until Sun 11 Jun.
Book at BASS on 131 246 or bass.net.au Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of John Tsiavis