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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.arts­cen­tremel­ or call 1300 182 183

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