About INK

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.