THE BRIEFS BOYS
Fresh from Leicester Square Spiegeltent in London's West End, the Briefs boys are back in town with a dazzling new show, Close Encounters, taking over Arts Centre Melbourne's Playhouse Theatre.
This is the third show from Briefs Factory, and since its premiere at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2017 it has gone on to have stellar seasons at London's Underbelly Festival, enjoyed a successful run at Auckland's Q Theatre and even a performance at World Pride in Madrid. 2018 has seen them crash-land at Sydney Festival with Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Edinburgh Fringe also on the flight path.
Close Encounters is an incredibly uplifting show where the Briefs warriors journey through space to the future where there is a place for everyone. Having glitter-bombed the globe with their circus skills, drop dead gorgeous drag and raucous comedy, it's time these Australian heartthrobs made their way back home.
Featuring their trademark heart-stopping blend of insanely talented cabaret burlesque, comic capery, circus to die for, interstellar aerial feats and warp-speed strippers, the Briefs boys apply their skill and humour to push the boundaries of artistry, masculinity and decency. And to top it all off, they do it with punkish swagger. Briefs explore the third dimension only they know how so be prepared for a close encounter.
This masculine troupe is led by the beautiful, sassy and fabulous emcee, Shivannah, AKA Artistic Director Fez Fa'anana. The cast of buff characters includes: one of Australia's leading circus showmen Captain Kidd (2011's Las Vegas King of Burlesque); acrobat and clownish time-hopping rabbit Dale Woodbridge-Brown (Kamilaroi boy and proud of his Aboriginal heritage); superstar aerialist Thomas Worrell, defying gravity and tying himself in knots above the crowd; and youngest member, the loveable rogue and boy wonder Louis Biggs, who steals the hearts of audiences throughout the show. Finally, a Brit has landed in the hallowed troupe: Harry Clayton-Wright is the Blackpool anarchic provocateur and performance artist.
In addition to their Close Encounters season, Briefs Factory is also bringing their Brat Kids Carnival to the Playhouse Theatre for one show only on Saturday 23 March 2019. In this circus extravaganza, children are invited to pop on their party outfit and join the carnival in a wildly fun afternoon for mischief makers and their grown-ups. The work features hula hoops at top speed, acrobatics at alarming heights, clowning antics, magic and puppets. From awe-inspiring to downright hilarious, this high-energy mix of circus and cabaret is perfect for kids aged seven and up.
Arts Centre Melbourne and Briefs Factory present Briefs: Close Encounters Playhouse Theatre 20 – 24 March 2019 20 – 22* March | 8:00pm 23 March | 3:00pm^, 6:00pm & 9:30pm 24 March | 4:00pm & 8:00pm
*Auslan interpreted performance ^Brat Kids Carnival performance
Warnings: adult themes, nudity, strobe, coarse language Recommended for ages 16+
For further information and to book visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or call 1300 182 183