Thursday 19 November 2015

Briefs review

For those who have an immense fear of audience participation, this show could possibly be your worst nightmare. But for those after some sexy excitement and fun, then look no further because Briefs has got you covered, or uncovered as the case may be. 

Formed in Brisbane, this all-male boylesque group has spent the last year travelling around Europe performing sell out shows to rave reviews. Melbourne finally gets its turn to revel in the skill and beauty on stage in a show that is not to be missed. 

All the performers - Shivannah, Captain Kidd, Dallas Dellaforce, Thomas Worrell, Evil Hate Monkey, Lachy Shelley and Louis Biggs - possess a strong sexual confidence among them, which is imperative when your acts revolve around you wearing minimal clothing (and sometimes nothing at all). They also happen to be highly talented individuals and while the show is heavily structured and choreographed, there is a naturalness to their performances that allows for spontaneity and surprises for both themselves and us. There is moreover a brilliant mix of variety in the acts and they are so well paced that the ride we are on never stops being enjoyable. 

Worrell's aerial hoop and silks routines are simply breathtaking to watch. There is an erotically-charged energy to him as he ties himself in knots and contorts his body into some impressive poses while swinging from the hoop. Biggs' circus acts and his cheeky smile are the epitome of naughty fun and the personas he takes on are executed extremely well. His mischievous high school student act remains a highlight of the evening. 

Evil Hate Monkey's banana is a touch of comedy genius and had everyone in fits of laughter. Even with the common equation of a banana as penis, there is a freshness and daringness to this act. Las Vegas King of Burlesque 2011, Captain Kidd and his famous birdbath act is a sight to behold and the less said about it the better; but it is an incredible finale to an incredible evening.

It's been a while since Briefs have graced a Melbourne stage and you would be utterly mad if you missed the opportunity to see this seductive burlesque-cabaret-circus glitter explosion!

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne.
Season: Until 5 December | Tues - Sat 7:30pm
Tickets: $52.81 Full | $47.71 Conc
Bookings: Ticketek

* Original review appeared on Theatre Press on 19 November

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