How can a Truth be told? How can a Secret be spoken?
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.

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…


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 presented by INGENIOUS PURPOSE in association with Mankind and DAP Ltd. Supported by Leigh Day

Show information

Soho Upstairs
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Tue 13 Jun – Sat 1 Jul 2017

Evening performances at 7.15pm
Matinees: 4pm on Sun 18 Jun, Wed 21 Jun, Sat 24 Jun & Sat 1 Jul
BSL Interpreted Performance: Thu 29 Jun

Tickets from £10
Age recommendation: 16+

INGENIOUS PURPOSE is a creative organisation formed in 2014 by theatre makers Simon Slater, Kate Anderson and Patrick Sandford.

INGENIOUS PURPOSE creates artistic experiences that entertain, stimulate, challenge, invigorate and enrich audiences.  Our work is emotionally intelligent and stylistically flexible and economical.  We aim to be light on our feet, ingenious and responsive to good creative ideas and we want to work with a wide range of stimulating people from inside and outside the arts sector.  The company’s first production, BLOODSHOT by Douglas Post, toured the UK and internationally in 2014-2015 to critical acclaim.

Mankind is a Sussex based charity that offers men an opportunity to talk about any unwanted sexual attention or contact they may have experienced. International research suggests that 1 in 6 men are affected by sexual abuse.  This would mean over 17,000 men and boys are living with the legacy of abuse in Brighton & Hove alone. Our collaboration with INGENIOUS PURPOSE is part of our Community Squared (C2) project, which is working with local communities to find innovative ways to help these men speak out.  Only by recognising sexual abuse and exploitation as a community issue, can we acknowledge the important role we all have in its prevention.


We hope that Groomed will change the way you think and want to get involved. Mankind invites you to take the following pledge and join in the conversation.

Mankind feels the way we talk about the sexual abuse of men and boys is often limited by unhelpful myths and stereotypes. As a result, society is stuck – support services are restricted, men stay silent, and communities continue to suffer.

What we have isn’t working.

We want something that works better for men – something that works better for everyone. We’ve set up the ‘working for men’ page as an open blog to open up the debate.

We want you to tell us what you think needs to change, how things could be different…

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Push Yourself

I pushed my comfort zone recently and went to a performance of GROOMED, a piece/play about the affects of sexual abuse on a boy and how it changed how he conducted himself throughout the rest of his life. A truly eye opening evening which really opened up the subject...

Raw Emotion

Groomed really helped me personally to further understand the mixed emotions of a survivor of sexual abuse. The raw anger shocked me, although on reflection of course there is anger - it just seems rarely seen. The play touched on themes surrounding crafting identity...

I recognise that:

  • Men can also be the victims of sexual violence and abuse
  • Not all sexual crimes are committed by men

I therefore acknowledge that the way we think and talk about sexual crimes is too simplistic and needs to change.

I pledge to become a part of this change by challenging existing social stereotypes in how we hear, think and talk about the sexual abuse of men and boys.

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