What is INK?

INK is a charity that develops, nurtures and produces the best new short scripts for stage, film and radio from writers with an East Anglian connection. INK was born in 2015 at the Halesworth Cut Theatre in Suffolk, and has been growing ever since.

Now, INK is so much more than a festival. From “pen to performance” our focus is on helping writers whose work we really believe in, whatever their age, whatever their experience, and giving them the opportunities to work with professional actors and directors through our various activities: INK Festival, INKlings, INK’d Up, INK Spills, and INK on the Road.

INK Festival is an annual weekend festival of new short plays, musicals, radio and film. The festival also includes a growing programme of workshops and talks, as well as a children’s programme.

INKlings provides drama, film, and creative writing courses for children and young people.

INK’d Up offers professional development for aspiring writers and actors to hone their skills through readings, feedback of works in progress, talks and workshops from industry professionals.

INK Spills helps writers to develop scripts that are premiered at the INK Festival, in order to transfer elsewhere. Previous works have been performed in London, Ipswich, Latitude Festival, Norwich and Cambridge.

INK on the Road tours the best world premieres from the INK Festival.