INK is a theatre company that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage, and radio from writers with an East Anglian connection.
We passionately believe that the short play is not simply a highly potent art form, but a terrific medium to attract new talent and audiences to theatre.
The INK Festival was started in 2015 and is our headline event, held every April at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk where we showcase over 25 brand new short plays during three days, staged and performed by professional actors and directors. The Festival also features performance poetry curated by our patron, Luke Wright, a series of children’s workshops and talks and workshops by prominent writers and theatre practitioners.
The best from The Festival is taken on INK on the Road to show in 9 smaller venues around East Anglia and many plays have transferred to performances in London, Ipswich, Latitude Festival, Norwich and Cambridge.
During the year our “Pen to performance” programme offers workshops, talks and mentoring to aspiring writers and actors, our focus is on helping those whose work we really believe in, whatever their age, whatever their experience, and giving them the opportunities to work with professional writers and actors to hone their skills.
In the community we work with local schools and theatres to encourage children to develop their creative writing and acting skills. We offer mentoring and support to those with learning difficulties and the elderly helping them to express their experiences and emotions through writing and performance and INK encourages and supports community drama societies with the opportunities to perform at The INK Festival.