INK is a theatre company and registered charity, that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage, and radio, predominately from writers with an East Anglian connection. In 5 years, we have produced over 150 new plays.
We passionately believe that the short play is not simply a highly potent art form, but a terrific medium to attract new talent and audiences to theatre.
The INK Festival is our headline event. Held every April at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk we showcase over 40 brand new short plays staged and performed by professional actors and directors. The Festival also features performance poetry, curated by our patron Luke Wright, talks and workshops by prominent writers and theatre practitioners, and children’s activities.
INK on the Road following on from the Festival INK toured to 8 locations in East Anglia. Plays have also transferred to London, Ipswich, Latitude, Norwich and Cambridge. This year we performed for 10 days at The Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
During the year INK offers a programme of workshops, talks and mentoring to aspiring writers and actors. Our focus is on helping those whatever their age, whatever their experience, and giving them the opportunities to work with professional practitioners to hone their skills.
Our ‘Pen to Performance Project’ encourages young people in schools within our region to develop their creative writing skills. We have extended this project to Senior Citizens – The Golden Age Project helping the elderly to express their experiences and emotions through the writing of short plays.
INK encourages and supports community drama societies, with opportunities to perform at The INK Festival.
The INK Youth Company will start in 2019 – a weekly writing and performing community group for 11-16 year olds.
INK Festival 2018 deserves a 5 star rating for it dynamic approach to the arts in East Anglia
Such an inspirational example of theatre bringing people together and being a community hub.
The world should pay attention to INK
INK opens your eyes to the extraordinary potential of the short play as a must-have live art form.
INK is unique among theatre festivals... like having all your favourite bands under one roof.
INK – a brilliant festival - unpretentious, gutsy and entertaining...
Last year's INK Festival was a revelation but this year's surpassed all my expectations. INK will surely create a legacy for decades to come!
...such a vibrant, engaging and unique festival... doing fantastic work to promote creative writing in East Anglia.
Such a buzz, so well attended and the variety of shows made it an entertaining kaleidoscope.
Hugely impressive ambition and enterprising effort... a fantastic showcase for up and coming talent.
LOVED the INK Festival. Short, brilliant performances in the coolest venue put together by the best creative team using the cream of Suffolk talent. May Halesworth be inked up forever!
So exciting to discover so many new plays at the INK Festival this year. A real pleasure to see them performed by such versatile performers!