An exciting new, site specific, devised play is heading to Theatre Royal Brighton on Mon 9 – Tues 10 Sept. Created by Brighton actor Kirsty Dillon, Groomed to Perfection immerses you in the world of a small group of women who became the victims of an infamous man. Up close and personal, performed to 25 people at a time in a hidden space in on of Brighton’s most-loved theatres, this is an evening of thought provoking, interactive entertainment and education highlighting the epidemic of coercive control and hidden violence against women and girls in romantic relationships.
Kirsty Dillon has worked as a professional actress for over 20 years; her credits include Strike, Blackout, Man Like Mobeen, and her best-known role as the regular character Gail Stephens in Midsomer Murders.
Kirsty began working in the violence against women sector, alongside her acting work, as an ambassador for Aurora New Dawn charity and is now trained to carry out risk assessments with Hampshire Police at the point of an incident. With Groomed to Perfection she aims to bring the two parts of her life together, creating a piece of work that dispels myths about intimate partner abuse and initiates honest conversations around the issue.
Kirsty has partnered with local services to flag up community support available for those affected by the themes in the show; there will be post show talks after both 8.30pm performances: on Monday 9th the CEO of RISE, a domestic violence charity in Brighton, will chair a Q&A with Kirsty, and on Tuesday 10th the CEO of Aurora New Dawn charity.
Groomed to Perfection is directed by Sarah Bedi whose credits include Henry IV pt 1, Henry IV pt 2, Henry V, and Sweet Love Remember’d at Shakespeare’s Globe; All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits at Shakespeare’s Globe/Westminster Abbey; Sitting at The Arcola and BBC Arts; Further than the Furthest Thing at Young Vic.
Groomed To Perfection comes to Theatre Royal Brighton on Mon 9 – Tues 10 Sept 2019