DRAG OUT FOR KIDS’ CABARET

BRIEFS CHIEF JUST WANTS THEM TO CUT LOOSE AND HAVE FUN

Wanneroo Times - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

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

Briefs cre­ative di­rec­tor and MC Fez Fa’anana will never for­get this fact, which is what brought the boy­lesque group back to Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2017 for the sixth time.

How­ever, this year their line-up 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.

“We’ve been work­ing on this show on and off for al­most four years and it was only last year that we got it to a point where it felt like we’ve hit the mark.

“Un­like some of our other works which we like to make po­lit­i­cally

chal­leng­ing, I just want kids to cut loose and have fun.”

Faanana said ev­ery­one from the Briefs cast had a fam­ily-friendly 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-than-life char­ac­ter, which is essen­tially what drag is.”

Acts range from hula hoops and aerial to skip­ping, ac­ro­bat­ics and cheeky clown­ing. “My parents were quite strict so my birth­day par­ties were mun­dane; I think I’m re­liv­ing my child­hood par­ties the way I wanted them,” he said.

Picture: Andrew Ritchie

From left: Fez Fa’anana, Thom Wor­rell, Mar­jor S Bax­ter, Mon­key, Louis Biggs (top), Lachy Charm and Cap­tain Kidd. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465134

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