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London screening of GROOMED documentary about sexual abuse on June 15th, 6.30pm

1in6.uk is hosting a ticketed screening of the film GROOMED by Patrick Sandford on June 15th, 6.30pm at The Garden Cinema, Covent Garden.

By LucyHughes · April 26, 2022

GROOMED by Patrick Sandford – a 50 minute first person documentary about sexual abuse.

A ticketed event showing on June 15th, 6.30pm at The Garden Cinema, Covent Garden.

1in6uk is delighted to be support Groomed, a play written and performed by Patrick Sandford.

Patrick and Nancy Meckler have almost by accident explored a new form – the first-person documentary.

‘Should be seen by anyone with a pulse and who remembers the vulnerability of childhood’  Roger Graef veteran documentary maker BAFTA

Ten years after Savile. What has changed?

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is due to publish its final report this year.

The new world-wide BRAVE MOVEMENT has secured Child Abuse as an item on the agenda for the Heads of State at the G7 Summit in Germany this June.

Patrick Sandford’s film GROOMED, directed by Nancy Meckler, could not be more timely.

The Executive Producers are David Aukin, former head of Film 4 whose extensive commissions include FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE and recently THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG. He is joined by Nicolas Kent whose work includes verbatim theatre productions about the Steven Lawrence Inquiry, Bloody Sunday and recently Grenfell – now being filmed by the BBC. These two men recognise the importance of the subject of GROOMED.


How can a Truth be told?

How can a Secret be spoken?

Combining three gripping narratives, a Japanese soldier who refuses to stand down, the inventor of the saxophone, and the personal story of a betrayed schoolboy, GROOMED pushes past sensationalist news headlines, and shows the lasting impact of abuse into adulthood.

Following three Award wins at the Brighton Fringe including for Outstanding Theatre, and presented at the Soho Theatre in 2017, GROOMED has now been powerfully reinvented as a film, shot entirely on location in a primary school classroom. Honest and provocative but never depressing, the film offers no easy answers, only questions that are rich, complex and profoundly human. The camerawork by BAFTA Award Winner Ivan Strasburg is fresh and startlingly creative, serving Nancy Meckler’s eloquent direction.

The original play received some limited theatre Press coverage “The astonishing text and delivery make this a chilling but unmissable account” GUARDIAN ****

After the screening of GROOMED, there will be a Q&A with Patrick Sandford, Kirsty McGregor, from the MUSE research study, University of Brighton, and Tanaka Mhishi, playwright, poet, performer and survivor.

Tickets are available from The Garden Cinema website here

Journalists unable to attend the screening may request a private link to the film.

For more information, assets and interviews please contact:

Gary Pleece – gary.pleece@mkcharity.org

Following the screening the film will be available worldwide on the streaming platform of the Soho Theatre.


Nancy Meckler is a freelance director of theatre, film and dance. She ran Shared Experience Theatre for twenty years and has directed at the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe.

David Aukin is a producer for theatre, film and television. He was Executive Director of the National Theatre 1986-90 headed Film 4 for Channel 4 1990-98.

Nicolas Kent is the former Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre

Patrick Sandford is a playwright, survivor and award winning theatre maker.

Gary Pleece is a graphic novelist, football activist, survivor and marketing manager for his own agency as well as 1in6uk.