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.
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 is a story of a woman with a disability and the battle for her unborn child.
Peggy and Pat have been partners for many years, but health problems are putting an intolerable strain on a remarkable friendship.
Adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story about a railway signalman, a mysterious stranger, and a sense of impending doom.
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.
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?
Danny and his ex-girlfriend are forced to examine their consciences when they find themselves on opposite sides of a rape case.
The success of a robbery starts looking dicey after one of the lads uses a burner phone to call his mum.
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.
Going on holiday with your parents is bad enough without the passports going missing in the airport lounge.
A young backpacker tries out his sense of humour on a British customs official.
A struggling actor finds himself in an unusual audition with a manipulative casting director.
UK Border Force takes issue with a young holidaymaker who is trying to smuggle a cardigan into Spain.
A woman muses and puzzles over cryptic notes in her diary. A small perfectly formed tribute to Smith’s mother.
A grumpy cleaner humours a man who is unusually early for a meeting.
A bag of chocolate peanut M&Ms is the short fuse to an almighty argument in the cinema stalls.
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.
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.
Capacity 40 (with steep stairs)
A lonely church. A gritty night in the city. A desperate soul seeks help from above. But the Almighty has his wires crossed.
Nick, a New York City firefighter, is surprised when he meets up with the blind date he’s been texting.
Special places come in all shapes and sizes. A park bench provides one for a father and his curious daughter.
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?
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.
A stubborn friend discovers the squidgy reason why a young recluse prefers their own company.
A polite gripe about an office parking space escalates into something quite different.
Catching the wrong eye of the wrong bloke in the wrong club leaves a lasting mark on one poor punter.
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.
Young Ralph’s day is full of hands that cause excitement, pain, and magic.
Scenes from a magical Brummie version of Homer’s timeless account of blood, power, and lust as chronicled in The Iliad.
Life would probably be okay if it wasn’t for that Professor Brian Cox and positively charged particles.
Prime suspect, Jo Abbot, is haunted by the ghost of her missing and meddlesome husband.
A Recycled Soul must decide whether to stay in Paradise or return to Earth… by taking a quiz.
A pair of twitchers are captivated by an elusive twilight bird.
Dave’s first skydive isn’t going well. To add insult to injury his dismal life starts to flash before his eyes.
Doris takes the fight against global warming to her local park bench.
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.
Busy fingers weave all sorts in the fabric of life.
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.
Where’s the Great in Britain when you can’t help a man who had his keys stolen and his credit cards maxed?
Looking back at the past, at the stars, at the sky, at the daily grind of the office, and the girl in HR.
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.
Mike is all at sea on Christmas Day as he tries to enjoy lunch. The only problem is, he misses his wife…
Sylvia’s new career as an art school life model has put a naughty twinkle back in her eye.
Anne and Dave struggle to salvage their marriage after years of pubs and “Pointless”.
A middle-aged couple struggling to communicate are not quite the cosy item they appear.
What happens to love on the Internet when you are forced to reveal a truth you never planned to share?
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.
Two sisters unearth old grievances as they plan the funeral of their father in his presence.
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.
The rude realities of touring Puritanical England prompt Shakespeare and his company of players to up sticks and head for London.
A married couple are trying to sort out their sex life when it transpires the husband has been secretly keeping the score for years.
Alf and Trixie charter an aeroplane to take them to Brisbane. Events take an unexpected turn when the pilot is taken ill.
Helen Atkinson Wood
Wry witty performance poetry exploring East Anglian life from James McDermott whose writing credits include EastEnders, Beached (INK 2015) and Steam (INK 2016).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.