Boy-lesque and Christ­mas magic.

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Bur­lesque ain’t a drag

Harry Clay­ton-wright per­forms in Briefs’ new bur­lesque-drag-circus show, Close En­coun­ters.

What can you tell me about Briefs’ new show? What are the themes and what is the en­ergy like?

As you may have guessed from the ti­tle – Close En­coun­ters – there’s a strong sci-fi theme that runs through this show. The en­ergy is still very much Briefs. An in­cred­i­ble sound­track, im­pec­ca­ble skill, beau­ti­ful boys, circus, drag, feath­ers, dance… ba­si­cally, you’re guar­an­teed to have a great night out.

What par­tic­u­lar role do you play in the show?

I play a char­ac­ter called Delia Ob­jec­tophilia. Her nar­ra­tive in the show is such a fun thing for me to play out. I don’t wanna give too much away, but both she and I get to live our best lives on stage every night. Ex­pect mad­cap com­edy, that’s my forte.

In terms of the LGBTQIA+ com­mu­nity, how do you feel a troupe like Briefs helps bring art from this com­mu­nity to light?

Well, speak­ing per­son­ally, they’ve not only given me, a queer per­for­mance artist from Black­pool [United King­dom], a plat­form to per­form to in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences but the op­por­tu­nity to be part of mak­ing some­thing that has pushed my prac­tice be­yond where I thought pos­si­ble in pre­sent­ing work as spec­ta­cle. And we get to per­form in front of peo­ple who some­times have no idea what they’re go­ing to see, or might not think it’d be their thing, and in those cases the re­sponse is al­ways so ex­cit­ing and up­lift­ing.

Do you feel like au­di­ence re­ac­tions to drag and bur­lesque have be­come more re­cep­tive over the years?

I def­i­nitely feel like with the rise of shows like Rupaul’s Drag Race, we’re liv­ing in a time where drag is at the fore­front of pub­lic con­scious­ness, which is such a bril­liant thing. Es­pe­cially when you think about cur­rent politi­cal cli­mates. It’s an an­ti­dote. But it’s be­cause of this rise, au­di­ences are more aware of the craft and skill that goes into this art form, which makes for greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Briefs: Close En­coun­ters, Tue 21 Nov-sat 9 Dec, Q Theatre

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