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Published on August 17th, 2015 | by Sophie Coulthard


Briefs: The Second Coming

Consider yourself a seasoned Londoner up till now, barely fazed by burlesque and pretty nonchalant about butlers in the buff? Think again. Briefs is back in town from its native Australia for its new show: The Second Coming…and it’s exactly how it sounds. Utterly outrageous, toe-curlingly risqué and gloriously un-PC, the performance troupe with a difference blends a mind boggling array of circus skills with some of the most unexpectedly elegant yet provocative burlesque you’re likely to see in the capital.

The all-male, gender bending cast is made up of seven key performers who assume a myriad of characters to surprise and delight their lucky audience. Drag queen hostess and Australia’s version of high heel and beard wearing Eurovision favourite Conchita is Shivannah (Fez Fa’anana) who compères the show. Serving a serious side of sass with her razor sharp wit, the entire London Wonderground theatre is putty in the palm of her hands as she teaches a pretty equally split male and female audience how to BRING IT.


The eye candy duo Louis Biggs (The Juvenile Deliquent) and Thom Worrell are firm favourites, bringing a melting pot of impressive circus skills, eye-watering acrobatics and wicked naughtiness to the audience (if you can drag your eyes away from their frankly beautiful faces and muscly lycra-clad forms) – and I can guarantee you’ll never look at rubik’s cube in quite the same way again.

Dallas Dellaforce’s drag interludes are just the right side of salacious (played by Daniel Jay Squires Cater) and The Evil Hate Monkey’s rock music/ballet pointe performance will leave you shaking your head in wonder and convincing yourself that his feet must be made of metal.


However, the real star of the show comes in the form of the stunning burlesque finale from Captain Kidd (Mark Winmill). Named the Las Vegas King of Burlesque in 2011, guests are treated to a curiously beautiful and elegant performance featured around a giant bird bath (front rows – prepare to get seriously wet).

With more well deserved awards than you can shake a stick at, this group of superbly talented performers promise an unforgettable night filled with filthy wit, slick production, mind-bending body contortion and sassiness on fleek. Get yourself down to London Wonderground on the Southbank and book tickets to the show before it sells out; it’ll be the best £15-20 you spend this summer.


On at the Southbank’s London Wonderground until 28 September. Tickets priced £16.50-£21.50


Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX

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