PREVIEW: Briefs: Close Encounters, Underbelly Festival

This Summer, Briefs returns to London with their brand new show Close Encounters, running as part of the Underbelly festival from the 14th July until the 30th September. 

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Combining their own unique blend of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy, Briefs new show Close Encounters will test the limits of masculinity, taste and decency.

At the helm of starship Briefs is Commander Shivannah (Fez Faanana) who, with voluminous sleeves and steely grip, leads the cosmic crew through the show with astronomical audacity. The Las Vegas award-winning Captain Kidd takes proceedings to the outer limits with his alluring athleticism. The anarchic alien provocateur Harry Clayton-Wright goes where no man has gone before with his mix of comedy, cabaret and live art. The elastic android Thomas Gundry Greenfield bends eyes with his twists and turns. One of Australia’s leading aerialists, contortionists and circus trainers, Thomas Worrell, defies gravity and literally ties himself in knots as he takes a lone space walk over the audience. The queer Kamilaroi man from Mungindi Dale Woodbridge Brown goes into hyper-drive with his acrobatics, flying trapeze, baton twirling, and dance. And Louis Biggs sets his phaser to stun as he has the audience gasping for mercy. 

Briefs was formed in 2008 as a speakeasy in the centre of  Brisbane’s alternative variety scene, initially to create an informal space for performers to test late night cabaret acts. By 2010 they changed from the late night performance club to a performance ensemble when the company was engaged to create its first ‘official’ full-length work. Over the last five years Briefs have performed all over the World, selling out in London, Berlin, Paris, Auckland, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Fez Faanana – Briefs Director said: “Aesthetically, we are upping the ante with Close Encounters. Think less party-trashy and much more warped. It’s exciting; and with the new cast members expect the unexpected.”

Briefs: Close Encounters will play at the Underbelly Festival from the 14th July to the 30th September. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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