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Theatre Review: Briefs--Close Encounters ****

Ashling Findlay-Carroll reviews a production that's 'full of joy from start to finish'.

From the publicity it would be safe to assume that this year's offering from Briefs is frivolous, fun and completely camp, and you wouldn't be wrong, but it goes far beyond that. Featuring impressive aerial, juggling in many forms, hilarious comedy routines and contemporary dance, it offers all the variety that a cabaret should.

The charm of the cast wins the audience over from the moment the cabin crew inspired opening number begins, and the slick routines throughout leave them whooping with delight.

However, this journey into the future gives us more than just strong technical ability and buff men. Woven in throughout is the theme of inclusion, and the commentary that underpins the whole show is that we should be not only accepting difference but celebrating humanity in all its forms.

I can't think of a more positive message to accompany a show that is full of joy from start to finish.

Briefs: Close Encounters performs at7:15pm Assembly Hall at 7.15pm until August 26th (not on the 13th or 20th).

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