After a successful run at the Soho Theatre, three times winner at the Brighton Fringe 2016, GROOMED is back at the 2018 Fringe – for ONE NIGHT ONLY!


‘GROOMED’ awards at the 2016 Brighton Fringe:

  • Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre – WINNER

  • Fringe Bobby Award – WINNER

  • Fringe Guru Award – WINNER


How can a truth be told? How can a secret be spoken?

The bell rings and the children pour out into the playground, but one 9 year old boy is told to stay behind. The teacher has a treat…

Groomed by the Japanese Military never to surrender, a soldier hides on a remote island in the Philippines for 29 years…

Against all odds a young accident-prone Belgian invents 7 different saxophones…


Three extraordinary stories: A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone. Life enhancing theatre can transform past wounds that so many share. This show’s emotional power has gripped audiences in Norway, UK and USA. Intelligent. Unmissable.



The Media are really only interested in celebrity and sensation. As an antidote, in this new performance one adult tells the truth without melodrama, without self-indulgence, with no simple answers and without fear.

This is startling and powerful theatre, sometimes shocking but not for one moment depressing. The pace is swift; there is no time for self-pity. The stories are truly gripping with a complexity of emotions, rich, revealing and profoundly human. At the end the audience is pin-drop silent, and then the conversation begins. People don’t want to go home.

Award Winning Director Patrick Sandford returns to his roots as a performer, in this collaboration with Director Nancy Meckler and Composer Simon Slater, both Olivier Nominees.

This show is moving vividly towards a new form of theatre – a blend of testimony and graphic narrative. It is also a joyous Celebration of the power of Theatre and all the Arts to transform human lives. The theatricality is bold, simple, fresh and devastatingly honest.

Groomed is a collaboration between INGENIOUS PURPOSE and Mankind.

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