John trained under top Fight Master Jonathan Howell. He has worked extensively as a fight performer with a wide variety of weapons systems. He is also a JuJitsu Brown Belt and a strong horse rider.
John has been working as a Fight Director regularly for the past five years, with a strong focus on character and narrative driven choreography.
"an outstanding sword fight"
Londontheatre1.com on 'The Grinning Man'
"the final fatal fencing bout is a genuine thriller under its fight director, John Sandeman"
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on 'Hamlet'
"The final fight is a work of art"
Exeunt Magazine on 'Richard III'
In 2018 John also began working as an Associate Fight Director for Kate 'Combat Kate' Waters
Fight Directing credits include; The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios & Bristol Old Vic) Waiting For Godot (Tobacco Factory) The Snow Queen (Bristol Old Vic), The Love of the Nightingale (Bristol Old Vic Young Company) Henry V, Othello, Hamlet, Richard III and King Lear (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory),We Can Be Heroes (Feature Film), The Massacre at Paris (Rose Playhouse). As Associate Fight Director: King Lear (Duke of York's) and Peter Pan (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre)