Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act: Naked actors halt play over camera phone fears

Nude actors halt play over phone cam fears
Exposed: Jasmine Hyde in the play (Picture: Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act)

A West End play featuring two naked lead actors came to an abrupt halt when a member of the audience was accused of filming the show.

Hollyoaks actor David Judge broke character to confront the man – who he had seen using his phone.

When questioned by staff, the theatre-goer denied it – and insisted he had been texting his sick son.

No footage of the Athol Fugard play, set in Apartheid-era South Africa, was found when the man’s phone was checked – but Judge and his co-star, Jasmine Hyde, were ‘very concerned by what was happening’.

The incident has led the director of the Jermyn Street Theatre to call for a crackdown on smartphones at shows, as part of a wider ‘charter of etiquette’ to tackle other gripes such as the rustling of sweet wrappers.

Anthony Biggs told Metro: ‘Their naked images could have ended up anywhere online. In the same way travellers wouldn’t tolerate mobile phone use on planes, we need to encourage theatre audiences.’

Mr Biggs said a charter would be better than a ‘draconian blanket ban on mobile phones’ as it would ‘encourage audiences to do their bit’.

The play – Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act – deals with a law which prohibited sex between different races. It includes nudity to show no two races are truly different.

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