Briefs Q&A with Fez Faanana
By: Crimson Cookie
CC: Are you excited to perform in Melbourne for the first time?
FF: We’ve waiting for the right time to bring the show to Melbourne. We knew that we needed to have our shit together for the Melbourne peeps as there is a massive circus, burlesque and performance scene. We didn’t want to come down with a povo show. As individuals we perform regularly in Melb for club nights, corporate gigs and theatre shows. So yes we are excited about being here with a show that we are love to perform and hope the audience love to watch.
CC: How was Briefs formed?
FF: Born in the back rooms of Brisbane’s underbelly as an independent performance club nite Briefs aims to undo the seat belts of the audiences by bringing the RSL to the big-top, the nite-club to the theatre and remixing the notion of theatrical vaudeville and circus variety performance. Since its humble amd dysfunctional beginnings in 2008 Briefs has had the chance to perform to audiences at Brisbane Festival (09), Woodford Folk Festival (09), Adelaide Fringe (2010), Gold Coast Fringe (2010) and now Melbourne Fringe. We have lined up a great run of shows for the next few months with a season in Adelaide for Feast Festival, Woodford Folk Fest then a season at the Opera House Studios in January next year.
CC: Before the formation of ‘Briefs’ in 2008, did you ever perform together?
FF: We have performed in various combinations over the past 10 odd years. We still do. BRIEFS is not a strict company. I think the idea of BRIEFS for everyone is about keepin it simple and fun which sounds kind hippy but it works for us.
CC: Where did the idea for a theatrical cabaret with a twist of “burlesque with balls” stem from?
FF: Mark Winmill is one of the instigators of BRIEFS has been very present in the burlesque/boylesque scene for some time. He coined the term with his own work to make a point of the his own style of performance which has a very theatrical, visual, camp, masculine and innovative style.
CC: Your costumes are wonderfully flamboyant who designs them?
FF: All of our costumes are made or found by each individual. We of course bounce off each other for ideas but our main source of costuming is op shops. Op shops suit our budget and style. Our stage mum, Tess Beck is a bit of muse when it comes to costumes.
CC: You all have fantastic physics does all the exercise and training take its toll on you?
FF: I am the laziest one out of everyone so I quite often hurt after shows. Watching the boys train and perform still blows my mind. Their physicality is ridiculous. It is very inspiring!
CC: Are you planning on taking ‘Briefs’ overseas?
FF: Definitely! I currently produce BRIEFS independently so it has been a massive job to get to where we are now. We are trucking along at a pace which we are all happy with. We are having some conversations about taking to show over seas.
Briefs performs at Red Bennies between Sept 30th & Oct 10th as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.