Briefs: The Second Coming

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'Briefs: The Second Coming'
London Wonderground, South Bank Until Sunday September 27 2015
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Impossibly tantalising and infinitely sexy circus from Brisbane-based company Briefs at the London Wonderground.

This review is of the show's 2014 run. The show returns to London Wonderground in August 2015.

Wow. There’s really no other ejaculation worthy of this show. It’s an eye-popping spectacle that is both fabulously sexy and seriously clever. There’s never even a hint of anti-climax. And you’ll definitely leave wanting more, more, more.

After wowing the crowds at this year’s Glastonbury, Brisbane’s Briefs boys have brought their deliciously fuck-you swagger to the South Bank. Comprising six Aussies and one New Yorker, ‘The Second Coming’ is like a blazing disco ball of energy exploding in a nightclub that’s inside a theatre, inside a circus tent.

Compered with the driest and dirtiest wit by high heel-wearing, bearded Shivannah, the show is a raucous blend of impressive circus skills, burlesque and cabaret. It’s imaginative, playfully perverse and crammed with pin-sharp references to everything from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ to ‘Pulp Fiction’.

This is intelligent, self-aware entertainment. The performers are as sexy as hell – and knowingly flirty – but what really raises the temperature here is the sheer skill anchoring it all. Thom Worrell’s aerial acrobatics are mesmerising while Evil Hate Monkey’s banana ballet is a comic masterpiece. What makes them so hot is how talented they are.

Bodysuit-wearing drag performer Dallas Dellaforce manages to say more about gender conventions in ten brilliant minutes than many hours of earnest theatre; and youngest member of the line-up, Louis Biggs, trumps his own striptease with a display of astonishing aptitude involving an iconic ’80s puzzle.

This is steamy, cheeky fun, powered by a relentless energy that will leave you wanting to lose yourself in the nearest club. By the time the Briefs come together (looking like a particularly fabulous group of superheroes) for a final crowd-pleaser, you’ll be out of your seat and whooping.

Venue name: London Wonderground
Address: Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
Price: £15.50, £14 concs

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Lisa P

Cirque De Soleil meets Pricilla Queen of the Desert. It may be just over an hour but boy do you get your money's worth. Fabulous, filthy, warm, brilliant and clever. You'll be clapping along with the best of them and shrieking with the completely appropriate audience participation. Weeeell most of it's appropriate. Some of it? Acrobatics, antics, banter and good old drag, their performance will make your week and you will genuinely want more. Tips: if you sit in front there may be damp patches and if you're offered raffle tickets buy a book, the prize is worth it.