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 Award Winning audio drama commissioned to honour the bravery of Joe Kennedy Jnr

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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.

No Ordinary Kennedy has won a Gold Award at the HEAR NOW Festival

IT WILL BE PLAYING AT THE HEAR NOW AUDIO FICTION AND ARTS FESTIVAL PODCAST PALOOZA BETWEEN 24-27TH OF JUNE.

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.


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.

7th May –  Matt Cavendish – actor/singer/writer
14th May –  Barb Jungr – musician, writer, composer and lyricist
21st May –  Tim Bentinck – actor/writer/musician
28th May –  Jon Canter – writer
4th June –  Martin Smith – INK photographer & musician
11th June –  Jan Etherington – writer
18th June –  Amy Wyllie – director/writer
25th June –  Madeleine Wynn Higgins – director

The interviews go out on Friday evenings at 7:30pm on Jon Wright’s Evening Show, and are repeated on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm on the Georgy Jamieson Show.


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!


Great Escape Online Auction

The Auction Has Ended

Thank you to Clarke and Simpson and The SaleRoom for partnering with us.

All successful bidders have been contacted.


Alde Valley Festival

ALDE VALLEY FESTIVAL RADIO PLAYS

As this is not a time for large gatherings Alde Valley are offering a gentler way to view their Collections.

From May 15th you can book a time to visit the farm and view it’s incredible selection of art and listen to INK’s site specific audio plays, written about Suffolk Punches – all the work shown is rooted in the Suffolk landscape. Bookings can be for up to six


INK ON AIR April 12th

INK ON AIR

INK ON AIR

Monday 12th April featured highlights of past and present INK plays + poetry, interviews & a great range of music.

 


LOCKDOWN CLASSROOM THEATRE

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.


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.

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