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About Briefs: Close Encounters

Having glitter-bombed the globe with their iconic and hilarious brand of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy, the BRIEFS boys are taking London back to the third dimension this winter.

With their trademark skill and humour, they test the limits of masculinity, taste and decency. Expect interstellar aerials, incredible artistry and warped speed strippers brought from outer space to Underbelly’s festive spiegeltent.

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Returning to “Christmas in Leicester Square” for their third season in a row, the hottest Australian burlesque-comedy-dance troupe Briefs Factory is back with “Close Encounters,” an interstellar extravaganza leaving no corner of the galaxy left unexplored and no man’s chest left unbare. Spend your holiday with the boys of Brisbane as they spread holiday cheer – among other things. You’re sure to be in for a memorable evening as long as you’re keen to be constantly entertained and delightfully scandalised.

With “Close Encounters,” Briefs reveals an impressive package, with can’t-miss gravity-defying aerials, captivating circus routines, and all the cheeky innuendo you could possibly handle. If your holiday season is in need of a good dose of raunch and debauchery, this fabulously festive and gloriously risqué burlesque show is baubles-deep in Christmas spirit with a punk rock twist. Aside from the dazzling choreography and a wardrobe that is decidedly more naughty than nice, this sexy show is chock-ful of laughs – always delightfully clever and always wonderfully indecent.

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What To Watch For

  • “Close Encounters” has already enjoyed critically successful runs, earning five-star reviews in the 2017 London Underbelly festival, Q Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand, and the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Briefs Factory describes their style, among other things, as “political party punk,” earning them a reputation for breaking boundaries and defying social preconceptions. Their previous show “Hot Brown Honey” was lauded by The Stage as a “cabaret with a passionate message that makes no concessions.”
  • Briefs originally made a name for themselves when they caught the world’s attention at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013. They’ve won numerous Green Room and UK Theatre Awards and the award for Best Circus at Perth Fringe in 2014.

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Run Time

1 hr 40 min (inc. interval)

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Recommended for ages 16 and above.

Time Out
Enticingly naughty. Fabulous fun.
The Times
Raunchy. Ridiculous. Raucous. Remarkable.
Gay Times

Leicester Square Spiegeltent

Leicester Square, London, - WC2H 7DE

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