Photo – Chantel Concei
Briefs: The Second Coming sold out before it even opened at the Perth Fringe Festival this year. They’ve performed here several times before and their well-deserved reputation preceded them.
I was a Briefs virgin until last night, and I have to say, it was the most delicious cherry popping experience I could have hoped for. I liken the effect of awe, wonder and excitement to the first time I saw The Wau Wau Sisters perform Naked As The Day They Were Born back in 2012.
To coin a phrase of the Ringmaster, Fez Fa’anana, this is “Cirque du SoGay”! It’s just as astonishing, but a whole lot sexier and in your face. The bearded lady (Fa’anana) names it “butch with a whole lot of camp on the side!” The charismatic “7-foot Tranny” as she calls herself was hilarious and just a perfect MC full of witty one-liners.
I’m struggling for superlatives to describe the Briefs boys, for they are nothing short of splendid, scrumptious, magnificent and divine! Their talents, skills and strength are quite overwhelming; several times I found myself sitting wide eyed and open mouthed, just trying to take it all in!
While they were all incredible, I certainly claimed a favourite; Louis Biggs is a Broome boy and one of his many talents was cerebral; he solved a Rubik’s cube in a matter of seconds! While he’s only 20 years old, he impressed us with some other retro abilities, like demonstrating mad Yo-Yo skills and break dancing! While this astounding young man is clearly very clever, let’s not let that distract us from the fact that he is also devastatingly handsome with the body of a Greek God and a killer smile! Let me assure you that when I saw what the prize for the raffle was, I was just as Fa’anana said I would be; so very (whispered) JEALOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
The Evil Hate Monkey was a fun, cheeky character but so much more than a clown. This guy had tumbling and acrobatic abilities that were just off the charts amazing! Not only that but he did ballet on pointe! Not just your traditional ballerina moves though, he did squat jumps on pointe! Absolutely phenomenal.
The “new boy” Thomas Worrell, is a contortionist and demon on the aerial hoop. He kicked off the show with a sexy and daring routine, adorning himself with a dark, mysterious air that drew us into his act. I look forward to watching him grow and embellish his character even further when he hopefully returns with the troupe next year.
The delectable diva of the night was Dallas Dellaforce, costume designer and Queen of the Briefs castle. She was a pop princess, a queen of the silver screen and everything in between.
I loved the costumes and theatrics of the night and the way that the team used creative ways to showcase their skills and personalities. I also admire the way Fa’anana took a moment at the beginning and end of the show to create a space of acknowledgement, acceptance and respect.
The finale was Mark “Captain Kidd” Winmill, second generation Carny and Las Vegas King of Burlesque in 2011. And what an impact it had (particularly on those in the first few rows of the audience, who left a lot wetter than they arrived)! It was a spectacular display of showmanship and trapeze!
I hope the Briefs boys will continue to grace Perth with their extraordinary shows and although I want to suggest they book an even bigger venue so that more people can see it, I also don’t want it to lose the intimate effect it currently delivers with the audience closely captivated.
My tip for next year, is book early.
Briefs Factory presents
Briefs: The Second Coming
Venue: The West Australian Spiegeltent | The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 28 January – 9 February, 2015