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Pleasing to the eye, ferociously fierce for the soul
Overall review: ★★★★★ Date attended: 07/03/2019
Walking into the grand Bonython Hall at the University of Adelaide, we were welcomed with pumping music that got us all in the mood for a disco party of high heels, glitter, sequin, and feathers with the beautiful boys from Briefs: Close Encounters - Captain Kidd, Dale Woodbridge-Brown, Thomas Worrell, Louis Biggs, and Harry Clayton-Wright.
Hopping aboard the Briefs Mothership escape pod and hosted by the sassy bearded beauty Shivannah (Fez Fa'Anana), we were delivered with a show that didn't seem to have any limits for WOWing the audience with a visually striking spectacle of a show. Glitter bombs and words are your only weapons of choice in this universe, where people are encouraged to openly talk about their issues. Lighting, sound effects, and hauntingly accurate music complement each performance segment, as the boys in solo and group-based acts naughtily strip off their gorgeous costumes to reveal a part of themselves - not just physically, but also emotionally.
Throughout the pleasures of experiencing drag, circus, cabaret, comedy, burlesque, and dance, there is a genuine level of brotherhood and camaraderie on stage that organically seeps into and out of the show to present with a universe where acceptance and self-identity are strong themes that are valued and validated by people all around. The nudity is tasteful, the profanity is playful, and the physical theatre and circus acts are impeccable.
While I'd like to keep most of the show as a mystery waiting to be seen to be believed, my absolute favourite component was the sizzling showcase of a man-sized bird cage that is used as a prop for a jaw-dropping spectacle of an acrobatics show. Another memorable part of the show is the one, where I had a newfound appreciation for Chemistry (hint: it involves a lot of ball fondling, but not the kind that your mind may be thinking of, you cheeky monkey!). A cute bunny pops up in between segments, with a ticking time clock that seems to show us that time is running out and to bask in the glorious moments thrown our way like a ball of confetti and glitter mixed together.
The boys from Briefs: Close Encounters are a delightful pod of talent and it won't take long to feel strangely aroused by what unfolds on stage. Not for the easily offended, it ticks all the boxes for a boylesque show - it's racy, it's risqué, it's rowdy, and it's raunchy - you'd be a fool to miss out. It's a party where almost nothing is left to your imagination and every single boy on stage wears their heart on their sleeve (and not much else apart from it). It brings a sense of mischievous fun to a show that has a strong message around self-acceptance, sexuality exploration, and self-identity.
Briefs: Close Encounters will be performing at RCC Fringe till March 16, as part of the Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.