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Forget the internet, the ‘Kama Sutra’, ‘The Joy of Sex’, a dodgy VHS of ‘Basic Instinct’ or anything found on a railway siding. For countless (mainly female) teens, Judy Blume’s 1975 book ‘Forever…’ was their first foray into the confusing, murky world of sex. It’s Blume’s most controversial and most censored novel, after many, mostly conservative Americans, found her candid portrayal of a teenage relationship very shocking. And now women of a certain age can rejoice, because next month the Royal Court Theatre will be staging a live reading of the iconic novel as part of its ‘Sex’ night, which also features a new play called ‘Friday Night Sex’ and cabaret naughtiness from the great David Hoyle.
The evening is curated by playwrights Alecky Blythe, Michael Mynne and EV Crowe, the latter of whom comments of ‘Forever…’ ‘Maybe a whole generation of women need to hear it again, and go back to where our ideas started. It’s going to tell us something, men and women, but we won’t know until we hear it’. In retrospect, could Blume’s novel be seen as opening the floodgates that led to the rise of the uber-sexualised Rihanna? Probably not. But it will be interesting to see what all the fuss was about.