THAT'S ME: ME, MY GIRLFRIEND AND THE NAKED MAN

6 June 1969

Jonathan Parks came to see revolutionary theatre company Living Theatre at the Roundhouse in 1969 with his girlfriend. Little did he know he’d be on the front page of countless newspapers the next day…

I was sitting watching the Living Theatre’s performance of “Paradise Now” with my New York girlfriend Philly, when the cast on stage declared “We are not allowed to travel without a passport, we are not allowed to take our clothes off in public!” whereupon they all stripped naked and rushed around the audience. I turned around suddenly to find Philly was talking energetically to a naked man in front of us, bag in her lap, with a disapproving man, hat on lap, sitting next to her. 

The photo was on the front page of every paper in the land and the next day my colleagues asked me what was going on. 

I learnt later that the naked man was, in fact, an excited member of the audience!

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