Reviewed Saturday February 13th 2010 (continues until February 21th)
The Garden of Unearthly Delights present Briefs
Venue: The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Umbrella Revolution, Rundle Park, cnr East Tce & Rundle St, Adelaide
Season: February 12-14 & 20-21 at 11.30pm
Tickets: $20 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
The Big Gay Circus is in town but the ladies seem to be enjoying it as much as some of the boys.
Briefs are as far down as this burlesque battalion go, made up of acrobats and performers who strip and flip for your predacious pleasure. The show is deliciously debauched and not for those sensitive to strong language and bare butts.
The night has the disorganised air of a nightclub drag act, which is half the charm of this rag tag collection of plate spinners, back flippers and aerialist. And while not as polished as most human circus acts, each performer is skilled in their art, in comedy, and in working the crowd.
The proceedings are hosted by bodacious Samoan drag queen Fez Fa’anana in an outrageous parade of glamorous costumes. She works the audience and easily wins them over with her cheeky banter and flexible style.
Two videos, both a little overlong and unnecessary, add a little multimedia to the otherwise basic staging that generally works well. The sexy men parading their wears include the host’s brother, Natano Fa’anana, whose extensive body tattoos are the subject of one of the short films.
Blonde pretty boy Nick back flips and summersaults before ripping off his shirt to an approving crowd, while grungy strongman Bo performs hand balancing feats in assorted, impossible positions.
There’re high speed hula hoops and some fine aerial work by Mark Winmill, and the exceptional talent of Yuri on the Chinese yo-yo is one of the undisputed highlights.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a left-wing bookstore in Brisbane’s artistic heartland in 2008, the all-male revue has quickly risen in popularity, no doubt in part because of it’s accessibility to people of all persuasions. The Adelaide season is the troupe’s first interstate venture, and with more arse than class, it’s the type of show you see for the campy spectacle as much as the for the circus skills themselves.
Sure to be one of the most talked about crowd pleasers of this year’s Fringe.
Reviewed by Glam Adelaide Arts Critic, Rod Lewis.