Ingenious Purpose



INGENIOUS PURPOSE is a creative organisation formed in 2014, combining the directorial, producing, composing and acting skills of Simon Slater, Kate Anderson and Patrick Sandford.  Building on the many highly successful productions created by Patrick Sandford and Kate Anderson in their 12 year partnership running The Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Ingenious Purpose’s first full scale production – BLOODSHOT – sold out in both the 2013 Canterbury Festival and in a critically acclaimed run at St James’ Theatre in London in January 2014.  BLOODSHOT will now play for a month at the Vertigo Theatre Calgary in January 2015 before embarking on a short UK tour.

Ingenious Purpose intends to create 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.  Ingenious Purpose is currently developing two new projects – a new play GROOMED, and a new creative project for summer 2015.

How we work:

Kate Anderson, Simon Slater and Patrick Sandford each have extensive experience in creating and running arts activities including theatre, outdoor arts and site specific performances.  Ingenious Purpose projects may involve one or all directors and whilst theatre led, projects may incorporate different art-forms, creative teams and presentation styles.  All three directors operate independent freelance careers alongside Ingenious Purpose.

Who we are:

PATRICK SANDFORD, award winning director of over 35 years experience and published writer, started as a performer. He was for 25 years Artistic Director of The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Recent work includes HEDDA for Palimpsest, in 9 site-specific London venues, SMALLHOLDING for HighTide Festival Theatre/Soho Theatre and MR BOLFRY for Pitlochry Festival. “As so often in the last quarter century, Patrick takes us into a deep empathetic understanding of the human condition. This is the territory that Patrick has explored and emerged from triumphantly throughout his career” Southern Daily Echo.

SIMON SLATER is an Olivier nominated composer, an actor and a multi instrumentalist. Simon has written original scores for over 300 productions for theatre, film, television and radio, including RSC, BBC Radio 4, Channel 5 and West End. Simon played Sam Charmichael, in Mamma Mia! for five years, as well numerous other theatre parts in West End, regional theatre and television. “Multi-talented…the show left me eager to see more of Slater” The Times “Simon Slater gives a real tour de force” The Independent.

KATE ANDERSON is a creative producer with a track record of leading arts organisations and developing inspirational artistic projects and programmes with regional and national impact. Kate has wide experience in national and international collaboration, programming and production, audience development, and working with multiple stakeholders. Recent work includes projects for Puppet Centre, Live Theatre Winchester, Contemporary Clowning Projects, No Ball Games Allowed and Theatre Royal Stratford East.