Briefs was performed in the wonderful Meeting House Square. In 2011 4 large retractable umbrellas each reaching 21m high and measuring approximately 11m x11m were installed at a cost of €2.4 million. The Square can hold up to 1,000 people unseated and 600 seated and with the installation of the umbrellas, providing protection from the rain it is probably the best outdoor cultural venue in the country. The stems of the umbrellas have been special designed to carry the weight of a lighting rig, which was used to great effect on Briefs.
A special built stage projected out into the audience like a runway for a fashion show which the 5 performers in Brief use to great effect. The show is not for the fain hearted, 5 scantily clad men in women’s clothes perform a raunchy and daring show. Host for the evening was Shivannah a tall bearded lady who appeared in an array of rather trashy costumes in a veiled attempt to emulate stars ranging from Tina Turner to Beyonce. There were several great individual skilful acts during the show from spinning plates on sticks, hula hoops, to a strongman act where he rolls a frying pan as if it were a piece of paper and lifting two of his fellow performers at the end of a pole, to incredible aerial dance spinning high above the audience on a rope. There was a kind of bizarre interval act called “Tap” which was a video of an excruciating tattooing process undertaking by one of the performer’s years previous. Over an 11 day period and taking 37 hours in total about 30% of his body was tattooed. This we were told by Shivannah is an ancient custom in Somia where the performer was born and still carries a certain status there.
The show is a hotchpotch of circus, drag, burlesque, aerial dance, strip and a bit of nudity. It’s trashy, rude, crude, skilful, funny and entertaining all rolled into one. Those of you who know Australian culture will know it can be very crude and at times not very pc this is a show that does not hold back. Once you are aware of all that you can sit back and enjoy what was a very entertaining show, and certainly by the audience’s reaction it was a major hit receiving a standing ovation.
The show ended with Shivannah rather raunchy version of Oleta Adams version of “Get Her” I don’t think I can ever listen to that song in the same way again.