Naked Frank Theatre presents
Before It Starts
by Carleigh-Ann Portelli
Growing up is hard and when a new girl starts school and reveals her controversial sexuality her friends have a lot to laugh about. But when the jokes turn sour and the playful banter becomes bullying the group realise they have a lot to be sorry for. Based on true events and real life stories; Naked Frank Theatre combine written accounts and verbatim text to tell a cold story about homophobia in schools in an outlandish, controversial and hilarious manner.
Before It Starts is a brutal and unforgiving take on teenage life, sex, social media and friendships. Written as an educational show, there is ‘no compromise with audience comfort zones’. Put simply, if you are squeamish about staring the hard truth of teenage homophobia in the eye and laughing lavishly in it’s face, then this isn’t the show for you. Written and performed by a predominantly gay cast, this piece is brazen, witty and unapologetic. Teenagers can be cruel and ruthless and Naked Frank Theatre have bravely gone where others have never dared to go before.
After successful runs at the Camden Fringe and the Winter Theatre Festival, the show earned it’s five star reviews and was commended for it’s full frontal approach to controversial topics. Now the show is back on tour with a new lease of life. It’s highly physical, relentlessly challenging and there’ll be even more laughter.
★★★★★ “Everything is in place: enthusiasm, integrity, uncompromising message: the result is a highly effective piece of theatre.” London Theatre 1
So sit back, relax and get ready for the rawest, funniest and most offensive ride of your life. It’s playful, it’s honest, it’s daring, it’s an education for all! Oh, and remember, it’s based on true events and real life accounts. Yes, people actually said these things. Teenagers can be shockingly funny!
Cast & Team: Carleigh-Ann Portelli, Claire Louise Portelli, Rebecca Briley
Company Website: www.nakedfranktheatre.com
Facebook Page: Naked Frank Theatre
Before It Starts
Tuesdat 24th April at 7.30pm
Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm
Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm
Friday 27th April at 7.30pm
Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 | Concessions: £10
Running time: 75 minutes
15+ Show Contains: Highly offensive themes and language, swearing, sexual content. Ticket purchases are non refundable. Concession prices apply to students; under 18s; pensioners; those on disability and unemployment benefits; Equity, BECTU & SDUK members; Portico Places cardholders. As a young venue we are still upgrading and developing the space, any additional donations are much appreciated and will be used towards improving the theatre even further and keeping the venue going in the long-term.