Currently sassing the stage at London’s Wonderground is Briefs, returning for their fourth year with a brilliantly eclectic mix of circus, boy-lesque and cabaret delivered by a sensational seven piece troupe. There’s great energy in their routines that perfectly fuse astonishing feats with entertaining comedy, leaving drag queen host Shivanna describing this show as butch with a bucket full of camp.
Six cheeky (literally) Aussies and one New Yorker encourage the ‘scream if you want to go faster’ mentality which is enthusiastically met by the audience and always encourages the removal of clothing by the group. The talented Thomas Worrel steals the show as he performs two skilful sets using both swinging hoop and silks, which is breath-taking and beautiful. He is accompanied by a beaty disco-letric soundtrack that is creatively executed by both lighting and musical director, Paul Lim and Busty Beatz.
Equally the ‘hunky’ Louis Biggs performs a geeky school boy routine that mixes a seductive striptease with solving a Rubik’s cube in seconds flat. He dances a sexy yoyo number that simply had the audience going wild and I will never be able to look at a yoyo in the same way again…
The finale is performed by punky Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Windmill that involves a large water-filled cocktail glass and trapeze… that’s all I’m going to say but you’ve been warned if you sit on the front row.
With a running time of only 75 minutes, Briefs is not for the fainthearted but I promise you you’ll have a truly sexcellent evening. Their show wowed the crowds with a slick and highly entertaining programme delivered by a talented ensemble, even making their own costumes. So with a splash of raunchiness, a pour of finesse, shaken with skill and topped with a sprinkling of glitter, it’s a dirty martini that’s delicious.
Reviewed by Becky Usher
Briefs runs until 27th September at London Wonderground