A show for kids, to be brief

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya Macnaughton

PERTH was the first city out­side the Briefs boys’ home­town of Bris­bane to em­brace their adult­sonly cabaret act and cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of its per­form­ers.

Briefs cre­ative di­rec­tor and MC Fez Faanana will never for­get this fact, which is what brought the boy-lesque group back to Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2017 for the sixth time.

How­ever, this year their lineup of adult fri­vol­ity in shows Briefs and Club Briefs has been joined by the child-friendly Brat Kids Car­ni­val.

Faanana said the new­est show not only helped to ex­pand their de­mo­graphic and max­imised their fes­ti­val pres­ence but fol­lowed their ethos of equal­ity.

“We had this dis­cus­sion about how un­fair it was that kids don’t get to join in on the anar­chy of late-night cabaret,” he said.

“And that kids could prob­a­bly do with some entertainment and theatre that wasn’t pa­tro­n­is­ing.”

Faanana said ev­ery­one from the Briefs cast had a fam­i­lyfriendly ver­sion of their act for Brat Kids Car­ni­val and he swapped his usual drag at­tire to a sparkly track­suit for his host­ing du­ties.

“I’m still try­ing to fig­ure out how to in­tro­duce drag into a chil­dren’s show while par­ents can be com­fort­able and kids aren’t dis­rup­tive,” he said. “But I still have a bit of makeup on, over-ac­ces­sorise and be­come a larger-thanlife char­ac­ter, which is es­sen­tially what drag is.”

Acts range from hula hoops and aerial to skip­ping, ac­ro­bat­ics and cheeky clown­ing. Faanana even gets to have a dance.

“We’re in the same spiegel­tent that we’re do­ing the main show and ideally we would like the kids to sit around the stage and en­cour­age par­ents to sit in the booths and let their chil­dren in­ter­act with each other,” he said.

“I just have this dream of hav­ing all the kids on mini cabaret ta­bles with mini mock­tails and bat­tery-op­er­ated can­dles, wear­ing top hats. I would love to do that one day and Perth would be the per­fect place to do it.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465134

Bot­tom clock­wise: Thom Wor­rell, Mar­jor S. Bax­ter, Louis Biggs, Mon­key, Fez Faanana, Lachy Charm and Cap­tain Kidd.

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