Naked Frank Theatre are a physical theatre company, who specialise in arts engagement to support mental health recovery. Founded in 2013 and artistically directed by Carleigh-Ann Portelli and Claire Louise Portelli, the company create bold, hard hitting and truthful theatre, with the aim of telling the untold and unnoticed stories of those whom have not had the opportunity to share their voice.
"We don't believe that theatre can change the world, but it can change an opinion. Change enough opinions and you might just change the world."
As well as producing new theatre, the company also work closely alongside the community; striving to engage those whom would otherwise struggle to enjoy the arts. Their outreach work allows them to interact directly with the public and support the challenge of addressing controversial topics. Naked Frank Theatre encourage individuals to get involved in artistic projects and regularly host new events, workshops and campaigns for people to take part in.
(For more information on workshops, campaigns and events that you can join in with, click on the JOIN IN button at the top of the screen.)
The company's work is often, but not exclusively, aimed at young people and vulnerable or disadvantaged communities. This ethos means that their work is always written and produced to have a positive impact on their audiences or the subjects being tackled.
"We're not shy about challenging opinions and educating communities or groups of people on controversial topics. We don't believe in making theatre for the sake of theatre. All entertainment must serve a purpose."
As a non-profit organisation Naked Frank Theatre rely heavily on funding and support in-kind to produce work and run projects.