Festival Workshops


All to be held in Halesworth Library. These must be booked to reserve your space, maximum 20 places.

Well-Made Scenes & Well-Made Plays with Greg Mosse

Friday 12th April – This is a day workshop – 10.00am – 3.00pm ( doors open 9.30am) £35.00

Join the experienced writer and tutor in a collaborative, supportive story development workshop for playwrights at all stages of the writing journey. He’ll help you establish characters and setting, identifying conflicts and challenges. Above all, he will help you develop a sense of narrative structure in individual dialogues, complete scenes – and in your script as a whole.

9h30-10h00 / Registration

10h00-11h15 / Session One

11h15-11h30 / Coffee

11h30-12h30 / Session Two

12h30-13h30 / Lunch

13h30-14h15 / Session Three

14h15-14h30 / Coffee

14h30-15h00 / Q&A


BBC Writing for Radio Workshop with Simon Nelson

Saturday 13th April – Free – 11.00am – 1.30pm (doors open 10.30am)

Simon will cover an overview of the Radio Drama landscape, how producers work with writers, how writers get their work onto radio and the challenges involved . Participants will also do some practical exercises to get their writing blood flowing!


Adaptation Workshop with Robin Brooks

Sunday 14th April – £20.00  – 10.30am – 1.00pm (doors open 10.00am)

Robin’s workshop will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing for radio, including the commissioning process, and focus in particular on how to adapt existing works into script form, from proposal to broadcast product. All welcome, from beginner to Nobel Laureate!



A Play in a Day

A FREE event for ages 11 – 16
20 places available

An exciting opportunity for young people to participate in a unique creative experience! With guidance of inspirational director, Amy Wyllie, and her skilful team, they will create, devise and refine a short play in one day. The following day they will perform their piece at one of INK Festival’s venues, and be part of East Anglia’s most exciting theatrical event of the year.

PLAY IN A DAY –  ‘Our Tomorrow; The World You’ve Given Us’
Venue: Wenhaston Village Hall
Friday 12th April:  10:15am till  5:00pm
Saturday 13th April: 10:15am till 3:00pm
Registration both days at 10:00 am to start at 10:15am
Participants need to commit to BOTH DAYS 
Bring own packed lunch/snacks and drinks
Parents/carers will be  expected to collect their children on Saturday afternoon and take them to The Cut for a run through at 5:00 on the Stage, for performance  at 5:30pm – TBC
TEAM: Director Amy Wyllie, with Helen Hayes & Lucy Farrant (all DBS checked)
Day 1: Participants take part in various drama activities to establish the working group, then be lead by Amy and her team, in devising and developing a short play of approximately 10/15minutes. The stimulus for the piece is:
‘Young persons take on society’s concerns, movements and dilemmas. From plastic straws and #metoo to Brexit and food banks. These young people will give us the perspective on the world that we are shaping for them.’
Day 2: Participants to rehearse and refine the piece in the morning/early afternoon.  At 3:00pm participants to be collected by parents/carers and taken to The Cut  for final rehearsal on the stage and then to perform the play to Festival audience.
One adult will be admitted free with each child to attend the performance, other family members can buy a ticket on the door for £5




Thank you to all who attended our autumn program, what fabulous fun and we hope you all went away with lots of new ideas and knowledge. We will keep you posted of future workshops – more dates to follow shortly.



A taste of some of our past Workshops

 Writing for Comedy with Jan Etherington –  Award winning comedy writer, journalist, broadcaster


Come and learn how a hit comedy is born, from the award-winning creator of Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, Faith in the Future, Duck Patrol and many more.

‘As every agent knows, it’s not just about having great ideas, but about making those ideas work on the page. Jan offers a wealth of practical advice that should be of interest to any budding comedy writer’      Gary Wild – comedy writers’ agent

When: Saturday October 6th  and  Sunday October 7th

Where: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Food: Lunch, drinks and snacks provided. Please advise on special dietary requirements.

Cost: £100 per person. Limited places.**




The award-winning husband and wife team of Jan Etherington & Gavin Petrie have written many successful and long running sit coms including: Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, The change and Duck Patrol. Conversations from a long marriage, Jan’s new comedy for BBC Radio 4 aired on New Year’s Day, 2018, starring Joanna Lumley & Roger Allam has now been commissioned by BBC television.

Jan contributes to a number of BBC Radio 4 sketch shows including sketches for Pam Ayres on the Radio 4 series ‘Ayres on the Air’. She has also ‘appeared’ on Woman’s Hour and Newsnight. Jan has also had numerous plays performed at the INK festival and most weeks writes for the Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Suffolk magazine. Jan lives on the Suffolk coast, with husband, Gavin and English Setter, Jagger and is an all year-round wild swimmer in the North Sea.


Read about Jan and here involvement with INK here.


Actors’ Workshop with Theatre Foundry

Skills building workshops for professionals with Louise Amos & Helen Tennison


11.30- 2.30              Voice Over Skills – Getting Started!

An introduction to voice-over work for actors. Learn how to work with a range of scripts, develop the voice skills you need and how to get started as a voice-over artist.  Louise will introduce you to the different areas of voice-over, work with you on a range of real v/o scripts and basic mic technique for Commercial, Corporate & Narration work.  We will also spend a bit of time at the end getting practical, from putting a commercial voice reel together to approaching an agent.

3.30-6.30                Ways Into Devising

The key to devising is trusting your inner voice and allowing all those ideas to flow freely without judgment! The session will focus on facilitating your unique creative voice before moving into ensemble work. Using physical techniques Helen has developed over her years as a practitioner and applying Anne Bogarts Viewpoints. Wear clothes that you can move in 


When: Sunday 7th October

Where: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8BY

Time: 11.30 am- 6.30pm

Food: Tea and coffee provided. Bring lunch

Cost: £50 per person. Limited to 12 places



Helen Tennison – As a freelance director Helen’s work spans site specific theatre, devising, physical theatre new writing and classics. Experience includes work for Oxford Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Belgrade Theatre, Arcola, Dommolhof (Belgium), Sprint Festival, Bermuda Festival and Women at RADA.  Helen directs regularly for Creation Theatre and Midsummer Scene Shakespeare Festival, Croatia. From 2015-2017 Helen Tennison ran the Drama Studio London Two Year Acting Course and short courses. From 1997-2001 Helen was Artistic Director of Barefeat Physical Theatre, touring small-mid scale venues and festivals with devised theatre. More info:

Louise Amos – Louise is a professional actress, voice-over artist (represented by Squawk Voices), director and teacher. She is also Artistic Director of the BA Professional Acting course at Drama Studio, London. Louise is currently recording the audio books Usbornes’ Guide to Being an Astronaut and 15 Minutes by Erinna Mettler. Louise is a specialist teacher in Uta Hagen technique, having trained in New York at the Hagen Institute, and a Shakespeare specialist teacher /director, with a Masters in Shakespeare and Theatre from The Shakespeare Institute. Theatre credits include, Glory Days (Angie) Pleasance, Edinburgh, The Miss Julie (Miss Julie) UK Tour. Directing credits include, CymbelineKing Lear & Macbeth for Drama Studio London, Here Comes the Bride (National Theatre Studio), The Bird (Napo, Thailand),  Me, Myself & I– Refugee/storytelling project – London Borough of Newham.   More info:



Introduction To Scriptwriting Writing Course (Beginners and Intermediates) with James McDermott


September 8th and 9th 10.00am – 4pm.

In this practical two day writing course, participants will learn tools and techniques to help them generate stories, create characters, write dialogue and structure scripts. Participants will be coached through the writing and redrafting of a short script that they could then submit for consideration for performance at INK Festival 2019.



James trained on The Royal Court Writers Program, Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab and at UEA where he graduated with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting. His plays include Ordinary Boys (Royal Court; Playlist), ManHug (Theatre Royal BSE; Winner of Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017) and Rubber Ring (UK tour) which James is currently adapting for TV with Hat Trick Productions. James has written several plays for INK: Fast Food (2018),Steam (2016) and Beached (2015). James teaches scriptwriting courses at Norwich Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Ipswich and Marina Theatre Lowestoft.


When: Saturday September 8th – Sunday September 9th

Where: The Cut, Halesworth, SUFFOLK IP19 8BY

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Food: Lunch, drinks and snacks provided. Please advise on special dietary requirements.

Cost: £100 per person. Limited places.**

Register: julia@inkfestival.or