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Briefs (Edinburgh Fringe): #STRAIGHTOffTheStalls


Briefs are back in London with their outrageously sexy and jaw-dropping “cirlesquaret” show. This time, I take a straight male friend to help me review!

Briefs returns to London for the fourth year in a row, this time for their longest ever run: eight weeks of hunky, campy, erotic circus fun. Briefs is a jaw-dropping and trouser-tightening extravaganza of balls out cheek, and the second of London Wonderground’s headline acts following on from fellow Aussies Scotch & Soda.

The all-male circus, burlesque, and cabaret troupe (hence, “cirlesquaret”) formed in Australia in 2008. Seven years on and they boast a company of international artists who have performed all over the world and in all sorts of places. This year alone in the UK they have performed at London’s Gay Pride and even had a Glastonbury residency.


Sexy selfie! James Waygood (left) and Rhodri Dafydd (right) and the performers of ‘Briefs’.

Combining deft-defying circus acts, laugh out loud and outrageous drag and cabaret skits, and hot under the collar burlesque, its no wonder Briefs keeps coming back to London, leaving Londoners wanting more (or less, I suppose)! Now in its fourth year, the show has Underbelly Productions on board, with a bit of tweaking and the run of acts in this (wet) dream of a 75 minutes show.

Unsurprisingly, gay men and straight women are a key audience. Having already given a five star rave (and slightly drooling) review last year, I wanted to see how well their rejigged show compares, but also if it can be appreciated by a straight male audience even if it doesn’t initially appeal. Cue long-term friend Rhodri to join me for the evening of sausage-fest debauchery that is Briefs, after which I’m happy to say we’re still friends and that he’s still firmly with his wonderful wife. Furthermore, he loved it almost as much as I did, even if it didn’t pique parts of his attention (ahem) like Briefs did for me.

Briefs plays at the Assembly Hall (venue 35) Edinburgh, EH1 2LU, until 21 August. Tickets are £17.50 (concessions available). To book, visit
Briefs was reviewed during its run at the London Wonderground, London, SE1 8XX in September 2015.

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