The theme is Close Encounters, and the cosmic crew of Briefs have travelled through time and space to bring us the good news: the future is fun, fierce, and fabulous. Clad in costumes that are truly out of this world, the talented troupe embark on a theatrical mission.
The cast consists of seven talented performers, and each member of the troupe is a literal gleaming, glittery, shining star. With perfect lip synching, choreography, and sass, they are as versatile as they are really, really, ridiculously good looking. Each one has been selected by Faanana for their distinct skill set: be it comedy or contortion, when brought together the result is the sexiest chorus this side of the space-time continuum.
Stand-out acts include Harry Clayton-Wright’s Kate Bush-like ode to stereotypical portrayals of fragile female sexuality, embodied through comedic grace and poise; and Thomas Worrell, one of Australia’s leading aerialists, performing jaw-dropping feats of contortion on the spaceship-esque burlesque set.
This is isn’t the first time the marble-chiselled band of boys have touched down in London Town: they’re back, after four consecutive sell out runs, for their longest season yet, again hosted by Underbelly Festival. Equal parts burlesque – or, perhaps, more to the point here, ‘boylesque’ – comedy, and gravity-defying feats of choreography, the show will push your buttons (and the limits of masculinity). They've picked up some new talent, so even long-term fans of the smash hit will have something new to look forward to.
From a hilarious, soulful contemporary dance about protest – complete with every conceivable slogan – to acrobatics, to juggling, the men of Briefs can do it all – and they can do it in heels. Fighting gender norms with grace, poise, and cheek (in every sense of the word), the starmen of Briefs are waiting under the big top. Go and see them – we know they'll blow your minds.
|What||Review: Briefs: Close Encounters, Underbelly Festival|
|Where||Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
14 Jul 17 – 30 Sep 17, Times vary between events. Check online
|Website||Click here for tickets|