My expectations were very high in anticipation of seeing Briefs again this year. They completely blew my mind last year with the pure skill and seduction of the cast. There were a few changes, notably the super star Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill was absent as he recovers from injury and surgery. Other than that, the cast and routines remained largely the same, although I was pleasantly surprised to see that the one portion of last years’ show that totally grossed me out had been removed.
There were some changes for the better. The new jump rope acrobatic routine between sexpots Lucky Charm (Lachy Shelley) and Louis Biggs was a welcome addition and the stunning acrobat Thomas Worrell got a silks routine as well as his aerial hoop.
Dallas Dellaforce is undoubtedly a legend and also in charge of costumes and chorey, but the real show stopping stuff is the work of the circus freaks and their unbelievable strength, ability and flexibility. The good old Evil Hate Monkey was back. He has some serious skills, overt sexual expression and will appeal to a very quirky demographic.
Shivannah (Fez Faanana) was a great MC, merciless with the crowd and kept things R rated. She loves to get on her soap box and took a moment at the end of the show to implore the gathered audience to look out for each other and keep ourselves safe in the unusually unsettled vibe that is the Fringe Festival this year.
And while we’re handing out advice, I have to admit that I was late to see the show because I drove around looking in vain for a car park for 40 minutes before finally parking in North Perth and walking into Northbridge. On the weekends, grab an Uber or a cab instead, the parking and traffic is completely ridiculous.
The Briefs boys are always going to show you a good night of circus, comedy and burlesque with balls. Even if it’s not all to your taste, you won’t leave without having at least one moment of jaw dropping awe.
Briefs Factory presents
Venue: The West Australian Spiegeltent | The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 7 – 14 February 2016
Tickets: from $45
Part of the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival