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Welcome to the Ink website

The UK’s leading producer of original short plays.

INK encourages, develops, produces and performs short new plays for stage and radio. To date INK has produced more than 350 plays at the annual INK Festival, which is held in Halesworth, Suffolk.

Our aim is to provide inspiration, encouragement and opportunities for writers and theatre practitioners throughout the UK to showcase their work.

The 7th annual INK Festival will take place 13-16th April 2023.

INK Festival 2023

13 Apr 202316 Apr 2023
About Ink

What we do



INK, based in East Anglia was established in 2014 to provide encouragement and support to emerging scriptwriters, giving an opportunity for writers to annually submit new work, have it read, reviewed and then, for some, a chance to see their work produced and performed by professional actors at the INK Festival.

Throughout the year INK offers writing workshops and forums where writers can experience their work read by professional actors with discussion and feedback sessions.

The short play is a remarkably versatile art form. They are tales of the unexpected, relevant, funny, sexy, touching and disturbing. The pleasure of watching them is that they invariably leave you wanting more – that is rare in an age that doesn’t sit still!


The INK Festival

The 7th INK Festival takes place in Halesworth, Suffolk 13-16th April 2023 and will feature: 50 short new plays for stage and radio, selected from the annual submissions that we receive each year from writers aged 8-80.

INK is unique as it produces all the plays performed. This year we have an amazing selection of new works with topics ranging from floods, A.I, radio comedy, love and delightful musicals.

There is also an exciting lineup of poetry, comedy, music, short new films, talks, workshops, art, extensive children’s programmes and lots more!

We continue to expand the Festival with plans for a special Carnival Day and a new Schools day exclusively for and free to schools in the area on 17th April.

Tickets for INK Festival go on sale February 2023.



The INK community is formed by our many partners: writers, actors and theatre practitioners, audiences, volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

We are based in the market town of Halesworth in Suffolk. Throughout the year we work within the community to encourage new writing with on-line and in person workshops, youth drama and literacy projects to hundreds of children in and out of schools and tour to rural areas around East Anglia, prisons, care homes and hospitals.

We involve the whole town in the annual INK Festival, with more than 8 performances venues located within the town, and come together with the business community to bring a greater awareness and prosperity to this beautiful area and a huge injection of performing arts into East Anglia.

Script Writing Course

We are currently running a script writing course on zoom - meeting twice a month.

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INK Writer's Forum

Meet other script writers and have your work read by professional actors - a supportive environment, with constructive feedback to help develop your scripts.
Monthly evening meetings in Halesworth led by Ann Bryson and Rob Jarvis.

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INK Radio

Each week a brand new short play written for INK is performed on East Suffolk Radio, an initiative started in lockdown to encourage writers to keep writing, such was the success with the writers and listeners that we have continued, and the plays keep coming!
Listen here to a small selection.

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Writers Spotlight

Sarah Baxter was the writer of Michelle and Little Fish, a monologue that was performed at INK Festival 2022. She is an award-winning writer of flash fiction, Sarah says flash helps her explore sideways mind. She discovered playwriting when she was part of the Mercury Theatre's 2020 playwriting development programme in Colchester

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Latest INK News

2022 ABTT Stephen Joseph Award

INK is delighted to have been awarded today a Formal Commendation by Association of British Theatre Technicians – The Stephen Joseph Award who kindly said – “We were especially impressed by the company’s commitment to …

Martha Loader wins award

Based in Ipswich, Martha Loader a writer, producer and actor, who has been writing for INK for several years and won the ‘Award for Promising Young Playwright’ presented by Richard Curtis at INK Festival 2019. …

Jan Etherington

Jan Etherington who has, over the years, written several short plays for INK, had her book launch of scripts from the first two series of BBC Radio 4’s award-winning comedy  – CONVERSATIONS FROM A LONG …

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