Briefs: The Second Coming (2014)
Brassy yet classy, boylesque troupe Briefs returns to Edinburgh
Their outfits could out-sparkle the Jenners Christmas tree, their banter is filthier than a lump of coal. The Briefs boys are back in Edinburgh bringing, in their words, 'a little bit of butch and a fuckload of camp' to the winter market. Originally from Brisbane, the boylesque ensemble made their mark a few years ago at the Fringe, and really it’s surprising it has taken until now for someone to realise how snugly their sequinned glitz tucks into the festive season.
It’s been a year and a half since this particular show, The Second Coming, first came to the Underbelly, but far from letting it grow tired the boys have whipped out their chamois leathers and polished it up to a brilliant shine. The acts feel sharper, the circus stunts have an edge of bravado and danger to them that is thrilling and mesmerising, and host Shivannah is still working the beard and glitter look way better than Conchita Wurst. The friendliest of drag queens, she holds proceedings together with smut and relish.
Thomas Worrell is a demon on the hoop, and if you’re a cabaret fan who hasn’t yet seen Captain Kidd, smack yourself on the wrist and hurry along to the Spiegeltent. The Briefs music box meanwhile is filled with nostalgic classics from INXS and Technotronic to Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer, with an ensemble number to Royal T by Crookers showing they can do fetish glamour just as strikingly as sweet camp.
In short, the company are at the top of their game, and it would be tough to imagine a cabaret that blends surreal humour, magnificent circus and brass neck better. It’s impossible to write more without giving away any surprises; suffice to say that you know upon finding the words ‘willy yo-yo’ in your notebook it has been an unusual evening.