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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 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.

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, 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 and accessible 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 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, AI, love, loss, sibling rivalry and everything in between.

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

On 17th April, we have introduced the new INK Youth Festival, a day when local secondary school students can come to experience the joy of live theatre, for free

Tickets are now on sale for INK Festival go on sale January 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 two script writing courses on zoom, meeting twice a month and concluding in early 2023.

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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 One 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

INK Festival Tickets on Sale Now

The INK Festival 2023 will take place 13-16th April (+ April 17th which is an exclusive day for students) in Halesworth, Suffolk. We have expanded into the town to create many original performance spaces where we will be performing more than …

Letter to The Guardian

Julia Sowerbutts’ letter to The Guardian published 17th December in response to their article about the squeeze on opportunities for new plays and playwrights. She asks the paper for their press support too! Read here …

Actors Auditions For INK Festival 2023

Audition dates are London -January 25th/26th, and 27th. Suffolk -January 28th. Please send your CV, Photo, Showreel and/or Spotlight link to  julia@inkfestival.org London Theatre Deli, 107 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 4AF – close to Liverpool …

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Video & Podcasts

Audio Posted on 24.07.21

A Suffolk Man

Performed byTim Bentinck How do you know if you’re a Suffolk man? A man from Poland and a man from Suffolk take issue.

Audio Posted on 21.07.21

Training Purposes by Gary Ogin

Performed by Miranda Hart & Emma Henderson Marjorie is trying to reboot her friendships after saying things she really didn’t mean. Or perhaps did.