County Lines Tour


A new play by young, Ipswich-based writer Martha Loader, mentored by Olivier Award winning playwright, Lucy Kirkwood – also based in East Anglia –  will be performed at the INK Festival 2022 followed by a tour of Suffolk & Norfolk schools and colleges during the 2022 Summer term.

The 35-minute play explores the issues around the risk to young people by County Lines.

This fast moving, punchy, entertaining play aims to illustrate how young people are being targeted by exploitative drug traffickers, what the consequences are for those who find themselves caught up in these dangerous networks, the impact on their families and the  communities in which they live, and where, and who, to go to for help. We want to engage,  inform and enlighten, not only vulnerable teenagers, but also their teachers, their families and the wider community.

Students will have the opportunity of participating in workshops to create their own short plays based on County Lines, some of which will be selected to be part of INK Festival 2023!

For further information  please contact Jane Zarins

A selection of the great feedback we received  from the first “Cuckoo” pilot script-in hand  performance.

So plausible how little steps can slide into a bad place, then you can’t get out of – kids need to see this!

The storyline is brilliant at portraying a ‘tumbling dice’ notion as in once something has started it is sometimes difficult to control or stop.

“Very powerful … fabulous, well drawn, relatable characters, and wonderful writing.”

“I learnt a lot … really felt for the characters safety.  Brilliant!

“Fantastic insight into the way young people can be drawn into something they wouldn’t do at first ‘by degrees’.”

“The dialogue was authentic and believable.Very powerful storytelling.”

“An essential story to tell.”

“Brilliant on two levels  – as a play and as a moral.”

“Brilliant that students will have  the opportunity to write/develop their own dramas, giving them ownership!”

“As an ex-teacher / serving magistrate, this play should get  funding!”


INK’S Tour Includes:

Alde Valley Academy

Bungay High School

Benjamin Britten Academy

Archbishop Sancroft Academy

Thomas Mills High School

Caister Academy

East Coast College

Cliff Park  Ormiston Academy

Ormiston Venture Academy

Flegg High Ormiston Academy

Broadland High Ormiston Academy

Ormiston Denes Academy

City of Norwich school

East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Kesgrave High School

Felixstowe Academy

Farlingaye High School