A show for kids, to be brief
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.
Bottom clockwise: Thom Worrell, Marjor S. Baxter, Louis Biggs, Monkey, Fez Faanana, Lachy Charm and Captain Kidd.