INK’s mission is to give a voice to those voices that are rarely heard by inspiring, nurturing and developing skills to create short new plays.
There are few opportunities for individuals whether young, or old, within our region to take ownership of their ideas and inspire creativity, literacy and teamwork. All too often their voices are drowned out by the lack of a platform, lack of confidence to communicate their message, or the lack of belief that they will be listened to, or simply the clamor of mainstream messages drowning them out.
Our community work addresses these needs and provides local people with a voice and opportunity to work with each other in a safe and collaborative environment.
INK’s community involvement extends to:
Submissions are welcome from all regardless of sexuality, gender, ethnicity or age. This encourages novelty, diversity and debate. Subjects staged include immigration, racism, euthanasia, bereavement, bullying, county lines, the environmental crisis and faith. Of scripts submitted for 2021, 55% are from first time writers, 58% of whom are under the age of 25.
INK is the UK’s leading producer of original short plays. To date we have produced over 300 new plays for stage and radio by playwrights aged 11 – 80.
INK is getting larger and louder every year. The 2019 Festival attracted award-winning directors such as Paul Schlesinger (BAFTA), writers such as Scarlett Curtis and Shappi Khorsandi and industry talks by Richard Curtis, and Emmy Award casting director Rachel Freck.
INK has established significant partnerships with Festivals and Theatres including First Light, Theatre on the Coast, Snape Fringe, Alde Valley Arts, Digital Drama, High Tide, The Aldeburgh Literary Festival and the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End. In addition, INK has teamed up with the nationally renowned University of East Anglia, who pioneered the teaching of creative writing 50 years ago.
“I am so happy. You have no idea what it means to me. At 74 I feel I have a new chance in life”
INK Libris Participant
“I may be old but I still believe I have a contribution to make and this acceptance of Speed Dating has shown me a chink of light. Thank you”
INK Libris Participant
“The thing that I’ve gained most is believing in my own ideas and thoughts”
Year 9 pupil
“I’ve gained confidence in my writing. Thank you INK Team!”
Year 9 pupil
“This has been a fantastic learning experience for our students who rarely encounter professional actors or writers”
Head of Drama, Archbishop Sancroft High School, Suffolk
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!