Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SHOCK AT SEX LIVE ON STAGE; Protest as Theatre Puts on Most Explicit Show Ever

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SHOCK AT SEX LIVE ON STAGE; Protest as Theatre Puts on Most Explicit Show Ever

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Byline: TIM COOPER;RICHARD HOLLIDAY

THE most explicit live sex show ever to be staged at a London theatre has opened amid controversy and protest.

The graphic review XXX, which premiered last night at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, included sex acts on stage, explicit video clips - and audience participation.

One member of the audience said: "I'm very broadminded but this was genuinely shocking.

"We had been led to believe this was a theatrical production - but it was nothing more than pornography."

The performance by the fourstrong Spanish troupe La Fura Dels Baus - two women and two men - is based on the Marquis de Sade's 18th-century book Philosophy In The Bedroom. The theatreone of London's top fringe venues, consulted Hammersmith and Fulham council and the police before staging XXX.

While most of the intercourse was apparently simulated with the help of various prosthetic sex aids, there was nothing simulated when a young man from the audience was invited up onto the stage where one of the female cast attempted to perform oral sex on him.

In a scene that astonished many members of the sell-out audience, the troupe asked for volunteers to join them on stage.

After several refusals, a young man and woman took the plunge.

And, while the woman agreed to be stripped to her bra, the man went further. A female cast member, Sonia Segura, undid his flies and exposed him to the audience, with the result shown simultaneously on a giant screen behind the stage.

She then knelt down and applied a condom before briefly devoting herself to the task of pleasuring him in full view of both audience and the video camera held by another cast member.

He failed to rise to the occasion satisfactorily and she soon gave up.

The show features explicit scenes of anal, vaginal and oral sex, enacted explicitly on stage but apparently simulated with the help of various sex aids - although many of the audience believed they were watching genuine live sex. …

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