Blog Article | 1 June 2017

‘Groomed’ play at Soho Theatre explores childhood sexual abuse

UK SAYS NO MORE partner Mankind Counselling and Ingenious Purpose present Groomed – a bold and provocative theatre, telling gripping stories with a complexity of emotions.

Groomed tackles the subject of abuse through the stories of a betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese schoolboy, and the inventor of the saxophone in a revealing and profoundly human narrative. Now showing at Soho Upstairs – Soho Theatre until 1st July 2017.

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.

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 at Brighton Fringe 2016 is presented by INGENIOUS PURPOSE and Mankind.

Catch the next show

Soho Upstairs – Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Evening shows: Tuesday, 13th June  – Saturday, 1st July @ 7:15pm

Matinees @ 4pm

Tickets: From  £10.00

Get your tickets here!

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