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Arts Centre Melbourne Presents BRIEFS

In short? – revealing in all the right ways…

By Myron My

Having seen Briefs last year in an upstairs room of the Athenaeum, I was more than eager to see them again for their short return Melbourne season. The six talented performers covering (or uncovering) burlesque, circus, drag and everything else in between, were a highlight of my theatre experiences last year and after seeing their show on Tuesday night, remains a highlight for this year as well.

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Led by the charismatic and engaging bearded lady Shivannah (alter ego of ringmaster Fez Fa’anana), the performances are nothing short of mesmerizing, but also laugh-out-loud hilarious and with plenty of skin on display – it is called Briefs for a reason, after all.

While some acts are the same as last year (which is to be expected for a return season), they are still incredibly entertaining to watch. With no lulls throughout, it is extremely difficult to choose a favourite performance , however Thomas Worrell‘s erotically-charged silks routine to Jarryd James’ “Do You Remember”, Evil Hate Monkey‘s uproarious banana skits, and the breathtaking finale by Captain Kidd (Mark Winmill) that just needs to be seen again and again, stick firmly in mind. The group acts also bring huge energy into the room, including a well-choreographed performance to Crooker’s “Royal T” showcasing the talents of drag queen (and brilliant costume designer for Briefs) Dallas Dellaforce, along with Shivannah, Worrell and Captain Kidd.

As Shivannah explains at one point, Briefs is a little bit political, a little bit idiotic and a little bit disco but it is also a celebration of being different and embracing that diversity. The entire show raises questions as to what masculinity and femininity mean and can mean, and creates an environment that is very much a joyous blurring of gender and sex.

It’s been nine years since Briefs came together and if this return season is anything to go by, this artist-driven collective is going from strength to strength. With a thumping soundtrack, slick production values and inventive acts, you had better book your tickets sooner rather than later because Briefs is only on for a brief time.

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Season: until 18 December | 7:30pm, Fri – Sat additional show at 10.30pm
Tickets: $65 Premium | $60 A Reserve
Bookings: Arts Centre Melbourne

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REVIEW: BRIEFS

Erotic, erratic and glorious entertainment

By Myron My

For those who have an immense fear of audience participation, this show could possibly be your worst nightmare. But for those after some sexy excitement and fun, then look no further because Briefs has got you covered – or uncovered as the case may be.

Briefs

Formed in Brisbane, this all-male boylesque group has spent the last year travelling around Europe performing sell-out shows to rave reviews. Melbourne finally gets its turn to revel in the skill and beauty on stage in a stunning show that is not to be missed.

All the performers – Shivannah, Captain Kidd, Dallas Dellaforce, Thomas Worrell, Evil Hate Monkey, Lachy Shelley and Louis Biggs – possess a strong sexual confidence among them, which is imperative when your acts revolve around you wearing minimal clothing (and sometimes nothing at all). They also happen to be highly talented individuals and while the show is heavily structured and choreographed, there is a naturalness to their performances that allows for spontaneity and surprises for both themselves and us. There is moreover a brilliant mix of variety in the acts and they are so well paced that the ride we are on never stops being enjoyable.

Worrell’s aerial hoop and silks routines are simply breathtaking to watch. There is an erotically-charged energy to him as he ties himself in knots and contorts his body into some impressive poses while swinging from the hoop. Biggs’ circus acts and his cheeky smile are the epitome of naughty fun and the personas he takes on are executed extremely well. His mischievous high-school student act remains a highlight of the evening.

Evil Hate Monkey’s banana is a touch of comedy genius and had everyone in fits of laughter. Even with the common equation of banana as penis, there is a freshness and daringness to this act. Las Vegas King of Burlesque 2011 Captain Kidd and his famous birdbath act is a sight to behold and the less said about it the better; but it is an incredible finale to an incredible evening.

It’s been a while since Briefs has graced a Melbourne stage and you would be utterly mad if you missed the opportunity to see this seductive burlesque-cabaret-circus glitter explosion!

Venue: Athenaeun Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne.

Season: Until 5 December | Tues – Sat 7:30pm

Tickets: $52.81 Full | $47.71 Conc

Bookings: Ticketek