About INK

INK in the Community

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:

  • INKlings – under 13’s workshops
  • Teenage Workshops
  • Youth Holidays’ Programmes
  • Pen to Performance Schools’ Young Writers’ Project
  • INK Libris for the over 60’s
  • Golden Age Project for care homes/residents with dementia
  • clINK – Prisons Project
  • County Lines schools’ touring project
  • ‘No Ordinary Joe; No Ordinary Kennedy’ – East Anglian Air Museum touring project

INK Festival

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

 

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