2021 NEWS

Covid hasn’t stopped INK inspiring short new play writing, and serving the community who support us.

Here are the highlights of what’s new in 2021


A new audio drama commissioned to honour the bravery of Joe Kennedy Jnr

Originally planned last year to tour Suffolk airfields No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy will now be performed as an audio drama.

No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy

The flight that changed history

INK has commissioned playwright, Martyn Wade to tell the dramatic and tragic story of Joe Kennedy Jnr, the elder brother of JFK, who as a young man seemed destined to become President of the United States – until, that is, the Second World War intervened. No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy examines Joe’s complex character, and traces events which led Joe to volunteering for a top-secret and highly dangerous mission, in which he was required to fly a Liberator plane packed with explosives and bail out before it crossed the Channel. Tragically his plane exploded over Blythburgh, Suffolk killing him and his co-pilot, Lt. Wilford John Willy (Bud). This play is to honour them both and all those who flew and lost their lives during WW2.

LISTEN HERE

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No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy

Written by:

Martyn Wade

Commissioned by INK and produced by Digital Drama

Cast:

Joe Jr: Charlie Field

Joe Sr: Andrew Wincott

Pat: Molly McGeachin

Bud: William Kempsell

Production:

Director: Kate Valentine

Sound Recordist: Lucinda Mason Brown

Sound Editor: David Chilton

Associate Producer for Digital Drama: Alison Ramsey

Thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will also gather and record local WW2 stories which will be then be presented and stored at The Halesworth Museum and an exhibition displaying parts of the crashed plane curated for the first time from different sources.


Great Escape Online Auction

As we approach the easing of lockdown restrictions, we bring you some fun and hope in our online auction

All of the 20 lots are escapes inlcuding:

a three night stay in a stunning cliff top hotel on the south coast, a weekend in a stone cottage in the North Yorkshire National Park, Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester, art lessons, photography experiences, stays on the Suffolk Coast and even a weeks stay in Australia!!

Great thanks to Clarke and Simpson and The Sale Room for partnering us to bring you this online auction.


INK ON AIR April 12th

We are incredibly sad to hear that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.

Our thoughts are with the Queen and the Royal Family during this difficult time.

INK ON AIR has been postponed from tonight to

Monday 12th April

and will feature highlights of past and present INK plays + poetry, interviews & a great range of music.

Tune in 6-8pm Monday 12th April.

 


LOCKDOWN CLASSROOM THEATRE

LOCKDOWN CLASSROOM THEATRE

The Covid lockdown has delayed the return to school, and pupils and staff are becoming “Zoom lesson” weary.  INK is helping!We are currently supporting GCSE and A level English and Drama students in schools across the region, by performing extracts from set texts.INK actors perform the selected pieces by joining the class on-line. The text comes alive, students get a bit of live theatre into the bargain and the monotony of on-line learning is relieved! 

INK is offering this unique opportunity of the ‘Lockdown Classroom Theatre’ to schools FREE of charge.

BBC RADIO SUFFOLK

BACKSTAGE WITH INK FOR BBC RADIO SUFFOLK

A new initiative to celebrate our year-long partnership with Radio Suffolk. Every Friday evening at 7:30pm, Jon Wright interviews a prominent actor, writer or director with connections to Suffolk and INK. They will share showbusiness gossip, insights, and the latest INK news.

The interview will be repeated on Wednesday evenings with Georgy Jamieson.

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS

We continue to run a plethora of workshops on-line for all ages and all levels of ability resulting in some fabulous new work, some of which will be be performed. Visit the Communities and Workshops page.

“I am so happy. You have no idea what it means to me. At 74 I feel I have a new chance in life.”

Ex Libris Student

The thing that I’ve gained most is believing in my own ideas and thoughts”

Year 9 Pupil
Alde Valley Festival

ALDE VALLEY FESTIVAL RADIO PLAYS

This Spring  we are delighted to be working with the wonderful Alde Valley Festival to produce site-specific radio plays by INK writers – about Suffolk Punch horses. 

More details will be added here as soon as we get them.

These scripts will be recorded and played during the Festival in their old stables!

EAST SUFFOLK ONE

EAST SUFFOLK ONE – Radio where we live!

East Suffolk One is a brand-new digital radio station with music, local news and information for East Suffolk.

As one of INK’s partners, East Suffolk One proudly broadcasts new short plays from INK daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm!

Listen every day