Ingenious Purpose



Written and performed by Patrick Sandford
Directed by Nancy Meckler
Music by Simon Slater, performed by Tomm Coles

Groomed Trailer from Ingenious Purpose on Vimeo.

How can a Truth be told? How can a Secret be spoken?
A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier, and the inventor of the saxophone…
Honest and provocative – but never depressing. Three poignant narratives are brought together to show how when a story is told, it can save your life.

WINNER: The Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award
WINNER: The Fringe Guru Brighton Fringe Award For Theatre
WINNER: The Bobby: Best of the Festival


One of the most moving pieces I have ever seen. I left the theatre educated and entertained – a most rare experience… ” Sandi Toksvig.

Patrick Sandford is directed by Nancy Meckler (Shared Experience, RSC, NT) and music is composed by Simon Slater.

“It’s extraordinary, important… one of the most powerful 45 minutes I’ve ever spent watching a piece of theatre . It is a very moving, angry, painful, cathartic, enquiring, creatively constructed, and compellingly performed piece. It is powerful story telling, personal but not indulgent. Despite the theme, you have such a light touch as a performer, and are so engaging and accessible…” Workshop performance response

Sweet Werks 1, Brighton Fringe: 20 – 26 May 2019
Soho Theatre: June/July 2017 

Sweet Waterfront 2 at Brighton Fringe: May 2016
St James Theatre, London: June 2015