REVIEW: BRIEFS (Assembly Hall) ★★★
I love Briefs (they’re so comfortable) lol. I see it every time it is in London and even their children’s show Bratz: Kids Carnival (which is the polar opposite of their late night raunchy show) is brilliant. So seeing the show at this years Edinburgh Fringe was a no brainier.
Described as an Aussie Cirque du Soleil meets Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Briefs is a saucy, sexy late night cabaret show featuring Boylesque, yoyo tricks, Rubix cubes, Aerial acrobatics a lot of naked make flesh. Add a whole load of campness and sequins and you’ve pretty much got the jist of what to expect from this fun packed show.
The problem with Briefs at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the size of the venue. It is great to see the show doing so well but the large theatre makes it far less personable and being far back means a lot of the magical amazement of seeing these things be done in front of your eyes is lost. In London, performed in a tent on the Southbank you get a real feeling of being at the circus with the performers mingling around you and impressive acts performed right in front of your eyes.
Briefs is a great show, when seen up close. Unfortunately this huge venue means the magic of the show is lost on at least half of the audience sitting towards the back. Brilliant show but terrible venue.
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Briefs plays at Assembly Hall until 21 August 2016