‘INK’d up’ offers professional development opportunities for actors, writers and directors.

We encourage people to hone their skills through readings and feedback of work in progress, and inspiring talks and workshops with industry professionals.

Writing for the Stage

a two day intensive weekend course with Dan Allum

February 24th & 25th 2018
The Cut, Halesworth. IP18 6UP.
10.00am – 5.00pm
£100.00 p/p

Email [email protected] to reserve your place.

Our Writing for Radio Workshop in December was such a huge success that award-winning writer and course tutor, Dan Allum, is returning to INK to facilitate this new course.

These highly practical workshops will not only cover essentials of writing for the stage, like the anatomy of structure, building dynamic action, character development, creating motivation and subtext, writing strong dialogue, dealing with exposition, script rewrites and hitting deadlines, but will also give an overview of the production process. This will include the writer’s role in the rehearsal room, the relationship with the director, actors and creatives, and explain how ‘selling’ documents such as script proposals, story outlines and pitching treatments are created.

Participants will aim to complete their own 10-minute theatre script, and the course will culminate in a staged reading of the scripts.

Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis so please book your place as soon as possible, as competition will be fierce! Spaces are limited to 15.

Payment is in advance only:
Reference: DAN
Account Name: INK FESTIVAL
Sort Code: 20-53-06
Account Number: 83787214

About Dan Allum:

Dan is an award-winning writer who works across Theatre, TV & Radio. He is currently developing an original returning TV drama series as Writer & Creator with one of the country’s leading independent TV companies, his new musical stage drama, Carmen, goes on a UK tour in 2018 following development at The National Theatre, and his latest adaptation of DH Lawrence’s novella The Virgin and the Gypsy was broadcast on BBC R4 in 2017.

Participant feedback for tutor, Dan Allum, from INK’d Up October and December Workshops:

“Amazing instruction, open atmosphere, excellent structure, now want to do More…”

“[I was] In awe! Expert and experienced, yet sensitive…”

“Inclusive, gentle. Examples of own work [was] fantastic. ..”

“Passionate & sensitive to the talents and abilities of those present…”

“Dan was wonderfully calm and patient. No one was made to feel inadequate. There was no climate of fear and I looked forward to the sessions enormously!…”

“Covered so many aspects of play writing. And sensitive with beginners…”

“Very accessible, clearly experienced…”

“A fantastic experience!…”


“Both the individual and group work were exceptional. The tutor has knowledge, a great talent for teaching and a tremendous passion for empowering others…”

“Both strongly led and collaborative – an amazing balancing act…”

“An emotionally empowering experience…”

“[I enjoyed] everything, pitch, style, content, context, so approachable and positive…”

“He makes things seem possible…”

“I wanted to be inspired and stimulated and get specific strategies and tips. All this happened…”

“Input clear, examples understandable and tasks doable, just\!…”


“Brought out the creativity in all of us…”

“Focused instruction to make great plays…”

“Hugely enlightening and bonding and encouraging…”

“Inspiring, creative, supportive…”

“[A] safe environment was created…”

“Exceeded expectations. Fabulous…”

“Extremely relaxed and unpressured…”

“Very incisive, very supportive…”

“I’ve grown as a writer…”