By Justin Hunt
The BRIEFS boys are back in London with new boys, new toys and a whole lot more to make sure you leave Wonderground’s Spiegeltent all wet “down there.” BRIEFS began in Oz and are now travelling the world.
Their signature “cabaret of burlesque with balls” certainly brought the audience to their feet this past Thursday, 19 September.
After stunning runs in Dublin and Edinburgh, BRIEFS return for two weekends only. Two new boys have been added to their bombastic mix of glitter, beefcake and sideshow striptease.
Crowd favourites Louis Biggs (a hunky dancer of only 19, with a big banana) and America’s own Evil Hate Monkey (a hottie who throws a Divine turn at the audience (don’t check my capitalization, you’ll see).
At the helm of this talent-ship is Fez Fa’anana (or Ms. Shivannah, if you’re nasty), hostess, choreographer and the gorgeous brains behind all the brawn on stage.
While some of his Aussie humour may sail over your head, you’ll feel right at home and maybe even a little hard-up. Of his numbers from the night, a furry duet (with a singular sensation) stole the show for me.
Recently joining the BRIEFS crew is Dallas Dellaforce, a muscle bound goddess werqing the stage. Ms. Dellaforce lends her creative hand to the bedazzled costumes and wigs that are part of the entire evening’s power.
Her gender-bending performances always spell bind – Dallas puts Beyoncé to shame with a wind machine. Look out, especially, for her Marylin meets Serial Mom number: “fuck you; I love you.”
Rounding out the cast are Mark “Captain Kid” Winmill and Ben Lewis. These hunks have some serious acrobatic skills. Their daring feats and lack of clothing will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
Lewis’ first number opened a number of legs in the audience (I thought the women in the first might slide off their chairs). And Captain Kid’s last act had me wet as the evening ended (I suggest sitting three rows back for best view of this delicious man).
With tranny magic, aerial acrobatics, dance numbers and a dog show (yes girl!), there’s little that you won’t take away from BRIEFS’ spectacular stage show.
Briefs: The Second Coming
London Wonderground at Southbank Centre
19-21 & 25-28 September, 9:15pm (60min)
Tickets: £15.50, or Wonder Seats £20.50
londonwonderground.co.uk, 0844 545 8282