Art of sensual reading
CELEBRATE sensuality while indulging in a good book this weekend as a group of naked women take to the stage in an intimate reading session.
While many might come to the show to simply see nude women, producer and actor in The Naked Girls Reading Alicia Skead insists they will return because of the reading.
“This may be hard to believe, but once you start reading both you and the audience get so wrapped up in the stories that the nudity becomes secondary and you forget you’re naked.”
The show runs from today to Sunday at Maboneng. It originated in the US in 2009, but has since been a hit since it arrived in Cape Town last year. Now Joburgers can also enjoy a small group of beautiful women reading in the nude.
Skead said it has become such an hit around the world that by the end of last year, it had been staged in 25 international cities.
The four readers on stage do strip down to their birthday suits but the format of the show means that no reader is ever on stage alone.
“The moment when we disrobe and thereby give the audience permission to look at us is a powerful one and there’s an inexplicable magic to it.”
Skead said the naked women on stage during the reading have been described as “a living, breathing nude painting” and that the show celebrates female sensuality rather than dissecting and scandalising it.
“Naked Girls Reading sounds a bit like story time for adults, but in reality it is performance art, it’s a celebration and a challenge.”
She added that it also encourages people to read and to consider it as an intelligent and sexy pastime.
The cast, which includes Hayleigh Evans as Miss Lola Banks, Siki Kunene who plays Miss Soul Ink, Page Lotze as Miss Page and Mamello Sejake as Miss Tswana Hippie, are all women who embrace their bodies.
See it at the PopArt Theatre at 8pm today and tomorrow, while Sunday’s reading will be at 3.30pm.
Tickets are R120 online at www.popartcentre.co.za or R130 at the door.
EMBRACING THEIR NAKEDNESS: The Naked Girls Reading play performed by Hayleigh Evans, left, as Miss Lola Banks, Siki Kunene as Miss Soul Ink, Page Lotze as Miss Page and Mamello Sejake as Miss Tswana Hippie.