In 2016 Naked Frank Theatre were commissioned by Oxleas NHS Trust to explore singing and music with patients living permanently in medium secure facilities. Originally launched as a short term project to help mental health patients with their recovery and rehabilitation, Oxleas extended the commission to a long term programme that has been running ever since. Weekly sessions engage patients in social singing classes that encourage freedom of speech and individual expression. Rhythm, percussion, time signatures, pitching, tone, breath control and harmonies are explored within the hour. Patients are encouraged to interpret music and lyrics in their own personal style and add their own flair onto well known songs.
"Individual expression is the most important part of the project. We're not interested in creating singers or musicians; we just want patients to feel safe to be themselves and enjoy the music in whatever way they want to. For some patients the sessions provide an escape from the outside world, for others it's a chance to socialise and spend time with friends. Whatever the reason, everyone is welcome."
WORKSHOP LEADERS Carleigh-Ann Portelli Claire Louise Portelli
PRODUCER Naked Frank Theatre
FUNDED BY Oxleas NHS Trust
HEAD OF PROFESSION Patsy Fung CLINICAL LEAD THERAPISTS Anna Gillespie Felicia Ajayi
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS Belinda Bowling Andrew Johnson Maximus Chifamba