In a double hyphenated word: fan-fuckin-tastic!
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a bit of a Briefs fanboy. Partly because they’re a crew of some of the most talented acrobats, boylesque performers and entertainers you’ve ever seen. And partly because I was at one of their very first shows back in 2008. So I guess I feel a sense of connection to them.
I’ve seen them evolve from a truly underground act, performing at a warehouse in Brisbane’s West End (liquor license, anyone?) to storming the world’s stages from Sydney to Edinburgh. These guys rock and I am beyond thrilled that the rest of the world loves and appreciates what they do as much as I do.
OK, so now onto their latest show ‘Close Encounters’. I was at the Saturday (8.30pm) performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse. As expected, the venue was completely sold out. The anticipation was palpable in the audience before the show.
And then – the show started. Despite not performing in their home city since 2014, the magic was still there. The performances were amazing, more polished and still as visually stunning as ever.
The new stage layout meant that the boys were closer to the audience then ever. Despite being a relatively large venue, the show had a personal and intimate feel.
“Aesthetically, we are upping the ante with Close Encounters.
Think less party-trashy and much more warped.
It’s exciting; and with the new cast members expect the unexpected.”
– Fez Faanana – Briefs Director
Meet the Close Encounters crew
Commander Shivannah (Fez Faanana)
At the helm of starship Briefs is Commander Shivannah (Fez Faanana) who, with voluminous sleeves and steely grip, leads the cosmic crew through the show with astronomical audacity. The Las Vegas award-winning Captain Kidd takes proceedings to the outer limits with his alluring athleticism.
The anarchic alien provocateur Harry Clayton-Wright goes where no man has gone before with his mix of comedy, cabaret and live art.
Thomas Gundry Greenfield
The elastic android Thomas Gundry Greenfield bends eyes with his twists and turns.
One of Australia’s leading aerialists, contortionists and circus trainers, Thomas defies gravity and literally ties himself in knots as he takes a lone space walk over the audience.
Dale Woodbridge Brown
The queer Kamilaroi man from Mungindi Dale Woodbridge Brown goes into hyper-drive with his acrobatics, flying trapeze, baton twirling, and dance.
Louis sets his phaser to stun as he has the audience gasping for mercy.
I can’t recommend the show highly enough.
The Briefs collective began in 2008 in Brisbane’s alternative variety scene. They are a supremely talented, all male, sharp shooting cabaret of burlesque with balls, high flying circus bandits and savage gender offenders.
Described as an Australian version of Cirque du Soleil meets Ru Paul’s Drag Race, the collective pays homage to the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the guts of burlesque, the imagery of theatre, the debauchery of speakeasies and the showmanship of cabaret.