WHAT’S ON AT INK FESTIVAL 2022

Every ticket holder will be given a programme, free of charge, on arrival at the venues which will contain details of all performances and timings. There is also a box office at The Cut and in The Thoroughfare should you have any questions.

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THE KING’S THEATRE


Capacity 50

Inside Alan

directed by Paul Schlesinger

by Mitch Day

Malcolm Collins is a superfan. Whilst rehearsing for group therapy he recounts the best day of his life: the day he went to his idol’s house.

Michelle and Little Fish

directed by Paul Schlesinger

by Sarah Baxter

Michelle and Little Fish is a story of a woman with a disability and the battle for her unborn child.

Who Needs Stephen King?

directed by Rob Jarvis

by Ben Mead

Peggy and Pat have been partners for many years, but health problems are putting an intolerable strain on a remarkable friendship.

Cast:

Ann Bryson
Hilary Greatorex
Rob Jarvis
Amber Muldoon


MUSEUM THEATRE


Capacity 25

THE SIGNALMAN

directed by Seán Butler

by Martin Wade,

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story about a railway signalman, a mysterious stranger, and a sense of impending doom.

Cast:

Francesca Baker
William Kempsell
Joe McArdle

Museum Exhibition: The Blythburgh Hoard (Gold Coins) + Halesworth Railway Heritage


RIFLE HALL STAGE


Capacity 60

Cuckoo

directed by Jane Zarins

by Martha Loader; mentored by Lucy Kirkwood

A special INK commission touring schools and colleges after the Festival.

A brother’s desire to fit in and his sister’s yearning for a more edgy lifestyle, have unforeseen consequences for both siblings.

Elvis & Me

directed by Madeleine Wynn

by Gavin Petrie and Jan Etherington

March 1960. Rab and Tony learn that Elvis Presley’s plane is making a short stop in Scotland. Are they in the right place to meet The King?

The following two shows will alternate:

Consent

directed by Madeleine Wynn

by David Butler

Danny and his ex-girlfriend are forced to examine their consciences when they find themselves on opposite sides of a rape case.

OR

Stay Call!

directed by Jane Zarins

by Kevin Cuffe

The success of a robbery starts looking dicey after one of the lads uses a burner phone to call his mum.

Cast:

Flora Douglas
Jack Forsythe-Noble
Charlie Mackay
Joseph Reed


THE CUT THEATRE


Capacity 208

THE INKREDIBLES

directed by James Christopher

Five well-known friends with East Anglian ties accepted the challenge of writing a short play. Elliot Cowan, Will Gompertz, Miranda Hart, Arthur Smith and Judy Upton have fashioned five original plays on the subject of passports.

Additional scripts by Griff Scott and Zoë Wells add local spice to the mix.

THE MOST IMPORTANT JOURNEY DOESN’T NEED A PASSPORT 

by Miranda Hart 

Going on holiday with your parents is bad enough without the passports going missing in the airport lounge. 

PASSPORT 

by Will Gompertz 

A young backpacker tries out his sense of humour on a British customs official.

PUT OUT THE LIGHT 

by Elliot Cowan 

A struggling actor finds himself in an unusual audition with a manipulative casting director.   

THE SPANISH FRIEND 

by Judy Upton 

UK Border Force takes issue with a young holidaymaker who is trying to smuggle a cardigan into Spain.  

OH HAZEL

by Arthur Smith 

A woman muses and puzzles over cryptic notes in her diary. A small perfectly formed tribute to Smith’s mother. 

ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE 

by Griff Scott  

A grumpy cleaner humours a man who is unusually early for a meeting. 

UNCONSCIOUS BIAS 

by Zoë Wells 

A bag of chocolate peanut M&Ms is the short fuse to an almighty argument in the cinema stalls. 

Cast: 

Sally-Ann Burnett
Keith Hill
Isabella Inchbald
Samuel Lawrence
Justin Marosa


INK YOUTH presents


JUBILEE

70 years of royal magic, chaos and change seen through the eyes of young storytellers who devise this play in a day. Prepare to be startled. 

directed by Amy Wyllie

assisted by Lucy Farrant and Joseph Connolly


BAREFACE THEATRE COMPANY presents


FIX US (16+)

directed by Paloma Oakenfold

by Tom Palmer    

The story of three fantastically talented actors engaging with their own disabilities – Zara (CHARGE syndrome), Lee (Autism) and Kirsty (Cerebral Palsy) – and defying the labels with which they’ve been burdened.

Cast:

Kirsty Adams
Zara Jayne
Lee Phillips

Producer:

Fauve Alice


WHITE SWAN THEATRE


Capacity 40 (with steep stairs)

PRESS PRAY

directed by Holly Ashman

by Seth Freeman

A lonely church. A gritty night in the city. A desperate soul seeks help from above. But the Almighty has his wires crossed.

RAGHEAD

directed by Chris Larner

by Tom Coash

Nick, a New York City firefighter, is surprised when he meets up with the blind date he’s been texting.

THE CROSS OVER

directed by Ben Elder

by Erin Cooper

Special places come in all shapes and sizes. A park bench provides one for a father and his curious daughter.

THE SHOOTER

directed by Ben Elder

by Kimberly Kalaja

Is buying a gun enough to make Keller feel safe on the NYC subway, when what scares her most is something no one can shoot at?

TWO STATES (16+)

directed by Chris Larner

by Gary Ogin

When frisky Izzie meets David at a party, they are mad for each other, but crossing the border might require a treaty they weren’t expecting.

Cast:

Holly Ashman
Ben Elder
Chris Larner


RADIO PLAYS
THE CUT RADIO STUDIO


Capacity 60

Group A:

MONSTER

by Rebecca Speller

A stubborn friend discovers the squidgy reason why a young recluse prefers their own company.  

RE: MY SPACE

by Alex Freimuller

A polite gripe about an office parking space escalates into something quite different.

SHARP SCRATCH

by Mark Donald

Catching the wrong eye of the wrong bloke in the wrong club leaves a lasting mark on one poor punter.

THE LADYBIRD BOOK OF TIME TRAVEL

by R. E. Crawley

We shuttle between the 1950s and the 2020s to see how Mr and Mrs Average and their two children cope with the peculiar challenges of each decade.

TOO MANY HANDS

by Linda Burgess

Young Ralph’s day is full of hands that cause excitement, pain, and magic.

Cast/Directed by Isabella Inchbald with:

Sally-Ann Burnett
Keith Hill
Isabella Inchbald
Sam Lawrence
Justin Marosa


Group B:

THE BRUMMIE ILIAD PART 4: THE GODS GO TO WAR

adapted and directed by Roderick Smith

Scenes from a magical Brummie version of Homer’s timeless account of blood, power, and lust as chronicled in The Iliad.

Cast:

Richard Blaine
Charlotte Parry
Ashleigh Sendin
Roderick Smith


Group C:

BEING ANTI-MATTER

by Dixe Wills

Life would probably be okay if it wasn’t for that Professor Brian Cox and positively charged particles.

CHECKMATE

by Ashleigh Sendin

Prime suspect, Jo Abbot, is haunted by the ghost of her missing and meddlesome husband.

HOLD MY WINGS

by Christine Foster  

A Recycled Soul must decide whether to stay in Paradise or return to Earth… by taking a quiz.

NIGHTJARS

by Stephen Mollett

A pair of twitchers are captivated by an elusive twilight bird.

10,000 Feet

by Lorna McCoid

Dave’s first skydive isn’t going well. To add insult to injury his dismal life starts to flash before his eyes.

THE SIT-DOWN PROTEST

by Phil Butcher

Doris takes the fight against global warming to her local park bench.

BIRDS

by Anna Thomas

Reg has a confession to make to his friend and bird-watching companion of 30 odd years and it has nothing to do with Muscovy ducks.

FINGERTIPS

by Nikki Wright

Busy fingers weave all sorts in the fabric of life.

EARLY MORNING RUN

by Geraldine Alexander

This play began after listening to a programme about how domestic abuse was exacerbated by Lockdown. The character is running away from and towards danger.

MUGGED

by Martha Loader

Where’s the Great in Britain when you can’t help a man who had his keys stolen and his credit cards maxed?

THE STARS AND I

by Luna Jarvis

Looking back at the past, at the stars, at the sky, at the daily grind of the office, and the girl in HR.

Cast/Directed by Richard Blaine with:

Richard Bates
Richard Blaine
Charlotte Parry
Ashleigh Sendin


PLAY READINGS
THE ANGEL STAGE


Capacity 30

Organised by Griff Scott

Script and glass-in-hand pre-dinner rehearsed readings. A collection of some of the best plays from INK workshops and the disrupted Festivals of 2020 and 2021.

THURSDAY

IN THE WAKE OF ODYSSEUS

by Heather Newill

Mike is all at sea on Christmas Day as he tries to enjoy lunch. The only problem is, he misses his wife… 

SYLVIA

by Dave Proctor

Sylvia’s new career as an art school life model has put a naughty twinkle back in her eye.

OUTGROWN

by Amber Ward

Anne and Dave struggle to salvage their marriage after years of pubs and “Pointless”.

Cast/ Directed by:

Ann Bryson
Hilary Greatorex
Rob Jarvis


FRIDAY

BEAR HUNT

directed by Roderick Smith

by Lucy Flannery

A middle-aged couple struggling to communicate are not quite the cosy item they appear.

Cast:

Ann Bryson
Flora Douglas
Hilary Greatorex
Rob Jarvis
Charlotte Parry
Ashleigh Sendin
Roderick Smith

A REAL CONNECTION

directed by Rob Jarvis

by Ed Ngai

What happens to love on the Internet when you are forced to reveal a truth you never planned to share?

YOU’LL BE FINE

directed by Roderick Smith

by Jan Etherington

A new commission between ARC East of England, The Pear Tree, and INK highlighting the importance of close relationships in helping us live well until we die and reducing the fear and stigma surrounding the end of life.

A worrying prognosis is not the only problem that troubles Lynda. The way her family digest the news proves almost as challenging.


SATURDAY

DADDY’S GIRL

by Juliet Corbett

Two sisters unearth old grievances as they plan the funeral of their father in his presence.

Cast:

Holly Ashman
Francesca Baker
Simon Harvey

Director: Griff Scott

INDIGNITAS

by Jonathan Skinner

Tomorrow’s world. Philip wants to sort out a burden-free future for his daughter by signing up with a popular assisted-suicide clinic on the High Street. 


SUNDAY

THE GLOBE

by Martin Keady

The rude realities of touring Puritanical England prompt Shakespeare and his company of players to up sticks and head for London. 

NUMBERS

By Simon Thackray

A married couple are trying to sort out their sex life when it transpires the husband has been secretly keeping the score for years. 

GOING DOWN DOWN UNDER

by Al Tilby

Alf and Trixie charter an aeroplane to take them to Brisbane. Events take an unexpected turn when the pilot is taken ill. 

Cast:

Helen Atkinson Wood
Flora Douglas
Jack Forsythe-Noble
Simon Harvey
Charlie Mackay
Joseph Reed

Director: Helen Atkinson Wood


PERFORMANCE POETRY
POETRY @ THE WHITE SWAN


Capacity 30

Thursday

JAMES McDERMOTT

Wry witty performance poetry exploring East Anglian life from James McDermott whose writing credits include EastEnders, Beached (INK 2015) and Steam (INK 2016).


Friday

JIMMY LIVINGSTONE: MONDAY NIGHT SKY-DIVE 16+

A powerful, new voice drags us through the rocky landscapes of ageing and cosmic bewilderment. It’s dark, it’s funny and it doesn’t pull any punches.


Saturday

LUKE WRIGHT: THE BALLAD SELLER

Luke Wright revisits the scandal sheets and doggerel of Georgian London to show us how little has changed since Hogarth stalked its filthy streets. One of our finest young poets gives the old rhymes new licks. 


Sunday

MOLLY NAYLOR: WHATEVER YOU’VE GOT

Molly Naylor makes her INK debut with a selection of work from her new book, Whatever You’ve Got (Bad Betty Press). Funny, frank and heart-warming, Naylor’s work reflects on life’s tricky bits as well as the parts that bring us joy.


THE CUT THEATRE


Capacity 208

Sunday

THE REMAINS OF LOGAN DANKWORTH

Performed & written by Luke Wright

Logan Dankworth, columnist and Twitter warrior, is determined to take part in the battle for his nation’s soul but at what cost to those nearest and dearest. The final part of a trilogy of political verse plays.


THE CUT THEATRE


Capacity 208

CONVERSATIONS WITH…

Saturday

Helen Atkinson Wood in conversation with PETER FINCHAM

One of the most inspired and controversial producers in British broadcasting talks to actress Helen Atkinson Wood about a career that spans classic comedy from Alas Smith and Jones, Alan Partridge, and Da Ali G Show, to running the BBC, ITV and producing Amazon’s hit series Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm.


Sunday

Tracey MacLeod in conversation with JOHN MORTON 

The marvellous wit behind the BBC television series People Like Us, 2012, and W1A as well as his new series 10% – the English version of the French Lockdown hit Call My Agent  – is interviewed by arts journalist and agent Tracey MacLeod.


THE CUT THEATRE


Capacity 208

COMEDY NIGHTS (14+)


Thursday

DOES MY MUM LOOM BIG IN THIS?

Performed by Arabella Weir 

A show for anyone who has had a mother, been a mother, or inherited a mother. Arabella’s first solo comedy is a scathingly honest version of Mommie Dearest.


Friday

AN EVENING WITH SHAPARAK KHORSANDI  

The inimitable comedienne returns to the INK Festival with more tales of the unexpected. She has been delighting audiences with her offbeat stories about what it is to be alive and English on the radio, television, and in numerous theatre venues across the country.


Saturday

LAUGHS, STORIES, A SONG AND A POEM

Performed by Arthur Smith

The comedian, playwright, and radio institution chooses some tall tales and rude jokes from his very large book of life. He also sings. Quite well actually.


Sunday

EVERY LITTLE THING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT

Performed by Mark Steel

A show that is guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.  But don’t worry – every little thing’s gonna be alright.


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