This fantastic troupe of Australian performers made a very welcome return to this years Underbelly Festival with a brand new show called Close Encounters and when this stellar , intergalactic extravaganza featuring some brand new cast members began the camp was instant. Powder Puffs at the ready then becoming huge exotic and hugely erotic feather fans, strategically placed the thrill ride began and did not let up for the 65 mins of pure adrenalin fuelled acrobatics and gymnastics. Featuring a vey handsome Louis Biggs juggling with White balls and then a rubik cube whilst taking his clothes off at the same time., Shivana-MC Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill. Hula Hooper Thomas Worrell, Birdcage Harry Clayton-Wright, Angle grinder shower Dale Woodbridge -Brown and finally Rabbit, Thomas Gundry -Greenfield all demonstrating an artistry and masculinity that was as their promo poster boasted ‘ A unique glitter bomb of circus, drag and Boylesque” .
During the spaces in between the acts , Shivana message was that despite all the ‘crap’ going on in this world we must stay positive and look to the future,this was not out of place and garnered the applause it deserved . Briefs is an exceptional at times eccentric piece of performance art that clearly shows the skill and capabilities of the male form . As the finale approached at warped speed the audience were lapping this up and rightly so. Where else would you find an astronaut doing a very ‘naughty’ striptease at Briefs that is where, this is a ‘must see’.
4 STARS , Runs to 30th September , The Spiegeltent Tent Jubilee Gardens. Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX, Box office 0333 344 4167 underbellyfestival.com