Club Briefs International is the whirlwind and bedazzled remedy to any lingering 2020 blues.
Presented by Briefs Factory
Reviewed 19th February 2020
Club Briefs International offers a tantalising curation of circus and burlesque performances. Creative Director and Master of Ceremonies, Shivannah (Fez Faanana) gives a bright, risqué and inspiring introduction to the show. With an unabashed grin, they remind patrons that during these uncertain times we must “sanitise, moisturise, de-colonise.” Jokes aside, Adelaide Fringe offers the first opportunity for Brief Factory artists to perform together since the pandemic began, with several members practicing routines and bedazzling costumes during lockdown in various states.
Thomas Worrell starts the show with a talented and titillating aerial hoop medley. Nastia’s drag routine, performed to Lady Gaga, will leave you breathless and make you view bargain Ikea chairs in a new way. Louie Biggs’ schoolboy striptease is salacious and irresistibly funny. Brett Rosengreen dances onstage in coat tails and top hat, though he walks off with raucous applause and not much else. The Kamilaroi Kowboy (Dale Woodbridge Brown) performs some rather brave feats with rose stems and whips.
Lastly, internationally acclaimed burlesque and circus performer Captain Kidd (Mark Winmill) offers a new trapeze act. In this true showstopper, Captain Kidd soars overhead, soaking wet in a glittering thong. This offers a taste of Brief Factory’s collaboration with musician Sahara Beck – Bite Club coming up in March.
Club Briefs International is more than dance and sexual liberation, comedy and circus – it celebrates the pure joy of performing, in the most heartening way. It is exactly what the Adelaide Fringe needs this season.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Venue: Babylon at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season: 19th Feb – 21st Mar 2021
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $35.25 – $48.00
Rating out of 5: 5