It's half a century since Oh! opened in London, shocking some theatregoers and delighting others by bringing extended scenes of male and female nudity to British theatre for the first time. It ran for years, though its former cast insist it was never just an exercise in titillating the audience. But attitudes to sex have changed, so could anyone possibly make a hit of Oh! all over again? Margo Sappington and Linda Marlowe are perfectly aware that when people talk today about Oh! it's mainly because they - and the whole cast, male and female - got their kit off for much of the evening.
Germany's largest Baltic island, Ruegen has five dedicated nudist beaches. Nudism was particularly popular in East Germany, or German Democratic Republic as it was known.
It was secretly considered a form of escape from the uniforms, marches and conformity of the communist state. East Germans were free to practice nudism and did so wherever possible: at lakes, sea beaches and large FKK camping grounds.
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There was also, of course, an official socialist institution with a long, uninspiring name. The "Proletarische Freikoerperkulturbewegung" or Proletarian Free Body Movement had 60, members.
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Nude scenes in GDR movies appeared long before the first naked people appeared in Hollywood films. The fondness for getting naked on both sides of the Iron Curtain also led to some curious incidents.
GDR border guards were tasked with training their binoculars on the FKK beach just over the border to observe the behavior of naked capitalists. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel was said to have practiced nudism during her youth in the GDR - although it's not been confirmed whether recently unearthed photos purporting to show her swimming and walking naked with friends are the real deal.
When West Germans started to holiday all over Europe, they brought their penchant for letting it all hang out with them. Nude resorts began opening in France in the s, followed by increasingly popular FKK ventures in Yugoslavia and on the Baltic Sea. In the beginning beach culture was mostly intermixed and nudity was widely tolerated - perhaps the reason why topless sunbathing is still acceptable on most beaches around the Mediterranean.
Vacationing at the large nudist resort of Cap d'Agde in France became popular for Germans when it opened in the s. Today Germans are typically the most commonly seen nationality at European nude beaches. Back home, there are many nudist camping areas to be found along Germany's coast and along the lake shores of the former GDR.
That said, it's not permitted to strip everywhere.
Walking around naked in public areas where most other people are dressed counts as a minor breach of the law. Prosecutions can follow if another citizen is offended, but few ever are.
Where to bare it all. The first nude beach in Germany was established in on the island of Sylt.
Members visit these clubs to sunbathe nude or indulge in a spot of nacktjoggen or nacktwandern - naked jogging or rambling through the countryside wearing only backpacks, boots or running shoes. While they're not as popular as they once were, chorus lines aren't a thing of the past - not yet. SEE ALSO: Vintage pics of women getting dressed up.
The Rockettes, founded inare still around. They have shows throughout the year at Radio City Music Hall in New York, with their Christmas Spectacular bringing in a huge audience.
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Tynan was taking advantage of the ending in of Britain's stage censorship laws. opened at the Roundhouse in London inhaving been seen in New York the previous year.
The dancer Sappington choreographed and performed in both versions. But Michael decided to pull out of Oh! and at the age of 21 I was suddenly asked to take over the choreography. The director eased us into it very gently and by the time we took our clothes off it didn't seem so shocking.
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It was the same when I moved to London to do the show the next year. Marlowe can boast a long and defiantly non-standard acting career, ranging from her early years as a 60s - snos-domov.info girl of British cinema to several plays by Steven Berkoff, and three years as Sylvie Carter in EastEnders.
Even so, she remembers being unconvinced at first that appearing naked on stage was for her.
But I was asked to meet Ken Tynan and the director Clifford Williams. I remember him saying it was his baby and he was utterly passionate in his belief that British people needed to have a more serious and grown-up conversation about sex. And it turned out to be a great experience.
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wasn't the first show in Britain to feature nudity. Even in the s the Windmill theatre in Soho had attracted an enthusiastic male audience with its display of naked showgirls.
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The authorities permitted nudity so long as all performers remained still when unclothed. The musical Hair is sometimes quoted as the first mainstream show in Britain to have included full nudity with stage lighting kept very low in September In fact the honour belongs to Maggie Wright who three months before that had played a naked Helen of Troy in an RSC production of Dr Faustus also with Clifford Williams as director.
Sappington says dance had not originally been a major part of the concept. It lasted 10 minutes and was beautifully lit.