PLEASE NOTE: Due to the highly sensitive nature of much of the work that Naked Frank Theatre engage with, it is not always possible to keep the public informed on every up and coming project or workshop. Where possible, Naked Frank Theatre endeavour to ensure that the public are well informed about their future work, and thank their audiences for understanding that the privacy and confidentiality of vulnerable participants remains their highest priority.
# THE S.E.A.T.S PROGRAMME
The S.E.A.T.S Programme (Service-User Education in Acting, Theatre and Singing) is a part-time participation programme designed to engage individuals suffering with poor mental health, in performing arts training. Participants have the opportunity to explore, discover and express in an environment that is safe, supportive and nurturing of the unique skills, abilities and creativity of each artist. The S.E.A.T.S Programme focuses heavily on the growth of personal reflection, self expression and autonomous thinking. The vocational training is provided under industry based conditions, allowing participants to fully stretch and challenge their technical abilities, theatrical knowledge and understanding of professional conduct.
"Singing, dancing, talking, laughing, crying..they are all forms of self-expression; something which remains fundamental to being human and experiencing normality. That's the beauty of performing arts training. You are given a platform to safely explore all of these very basic and primitive states without fear of judgement or prejudice. We want every individual to have the opportunity to learn new skills, refine techniques and make valuable connections along the way. It's more than just a training programme; it's a snap shot into community living, employment and working. It's about providing individuals with a playground to test out ideas, make mistakes, fail and try again. The professional demands are real, so the support network that comes with it is even stronger."
Participants, under role-play conditions, have the opportunity to practice scenarios and explore interactions that would otherwise go untested. The building of resilience, understanding boundaries and learning to cope with the stresses and strains of daily life, are at the forefront of the programmes focus.
"The S.E.A.T.S Programme is an empowerment project, setting individuals up with the tools to take control of their mental state and take responsibility for their decisions and actions. The first step to recovery is having the confidence to make your own decisions and shape your future."