Over forty brand new short plays were selected to be performed at INK Festival 2019. During the three days there was also comedy, performance poetry, art, children’s playwriting, talks and workshops.
All the plays were performed each day and there was poetry performances everyday.
Saturday included Q&A with Rachel Freck, Shappi Khorsandi (separate ticket event)
Sunday included performance poetry from Luke Wright and Q&A with Richard Curtis
There was a workshop each day
Star lineup of short plays about Wellington Boots…
An elderly pig farmer and his grumpy carer have little respect, and less time, for the other’s point of view.
A night out on the tiles with 17-year-old Nina is fuelled by something far more potent than drink.
Three quirky women — granny, mum and daughter — cram onto the sofa to watch THE royal wedding on television.
A slippery financial advisor sets out his tempting stall for a seemingly keen investor.
Why shouldn’t a bright pink pair of wellies brighten a grey world?
Brexit parable set some 400 years after The Tempest. A storm is about to break over Prospero’s flooded island home. Squabbling sisters, Ariel and Miranda, are re-united for their father’s wake.
A comedy drama about music, mix tapes and feeling mixed up.
Rory is desperate to go out with Jake. His flatmate Harry is desperate to help him. So why does the plan go so desperately wrong?
A clumsy sound technician is having a serious problem with his microphone plugs at a rally organised by right-wing patriots.
Double-edged confession set in a 1970s living room. The play travels back and forth in time to illuminate the secrets of a mother and son.
A Roma Gypsy kidnapped by a sex-trafficking gang finds an unlikely ally in the most lonely of places. Tough and topical.
Three dogs meet on a beach. They chase the waves, sniff the breeze, and discuss philosophy. As you do if you’re a dog.
David forces himself to read his famous sister-in-law’s 632 page romantic novel in a desperate quest to please his wife.
Two young women who surf their mobile phones might find something more than sex if they weren’t quite so scared of intimacy.
A failure to conceive acts like poison on a young couple who must choose whether to stay together or go their separate ways.
Irene can barely squeeze into her old clothes yet she feels as if she’s physically disappearing. A trick of the light or is life passing her by?
Chalk and cheese sisters are failing to bond on a hill climbing adventure when one of them unexpectedly bumps into Elvis.
A clean-cut American is taunted and teased by a precocious lass as they wait for the last bus to the unlovely Green Hill Estate in Huddersfield. ( Returns by popular request)
A pair of unhappily married tour guides air their differences to the unsuspecting public as they ‘critique’ several iconic masterpieces.
Laura is struggling to deal with her elderly mother. The last thing she needs is a sick brother wandering around in the middle of the night.
While a couple of tramps are waiting for Godot to turn up elsewhere the man himself is stuck in a rural bookmaker’s shop trying to place a winning bet.
A mission by newly-wedded astronauts to conceive the first space baby comes unstuck when someone unexpected pops up at the lunar station.
Garage band Moon are on the point of imploding because Matt’s opportunistic girlfriend Olivia has decided to go out with Neil. Is this really the end of the road?
Brian has a propensity to drop his trousers at public events. A habit that initiates a diplomatic crisis when President Trump visits the UK.
A brilliant evocation of 1920s New Orleans and the gripping story of Honey Grey, lead singer in her Daddy’s band. But Honey is living a lie …
The true story of John Ducker, the last man to be publicly hanged in Suffolk. Based on new evidence that suggests a tragic miscarriage of justice.
To be selected from either…
An elderly couple wake up one morning to find their house has been re-possessed by militant youths with radical ideas about ownership.
Steve, the host of a cheap and cheerful quiz show, has a meltdown live on air and turns the contestants into hostages.
An altruistic doctor puts his family in difficulty when a highly controversial medical practice is discovered on a remote Scottish island.
There’s nothing more important than ping pong in Richard’s life. Does that include Alice? Let’s bounce!
A kindly old lady has an eerie influence over the young couple breaking up and the girl behind the counter.
When the reputation of a ‘national treasure’ collapses in scandal and disgrace, what price his memorabilia?
A fearful rite-of-passage creates an unlikely bridge between a battle-scarred father and his inquisitive son.
An episode from Peg Lynch’s astonishing archive of radio plays. In this 1940s classic Albert struggles to tell the funniest story he’s ever heard.
A clever new graduate is offered an unexpected job via an unusual employment agency.
Rehearsed readings of original short plays in a workshop environment. An experimental first for INK. Directed by James Christopher
Cambridge 1891. A hardworking milliner is unaware he is suffering from the poisonous effects of mercury.
Two jaded theatre critics prepare to sink their teeth into ‘the next big thing’.
Three young adults explore the treacherous rules of an open relationship.
Old Den and young Graham have an unusual bit of business to discuss.
A husband and wife, loyal to the Revolution, struggle to find the words to say goodbye.
An arrogant revolutionary develops a taste for the padded lifestyle of the women he patronises.
An agony aunt is pitched a problem that may be two sizes too large.
A seductive and masterly piece of storytelling about the British seaside composed for Radio 4.
The iconic poet and firebrand presents a selection of new poems and red-hot favourites from his recent sell-out stage shows.
A scathing and darkly humorous look at middle-age. Plus, wry reflections on Jimmy’s recent move to Suffolk from London.
Brand new poems and songs about the minutiae of modern life by this singular performance artist
“Hector’s crowing like a cock, there’s war juice in his veins!”
The charismatic Smith is back with more of the greatest epic poem of all time but as you’ve never heard it before, in the Brummie vernacular!
What becomes of a place once you leave it? And what about the people you leave behind or who leave us? Returning to Nottingham to see his ailing Gran, Sam has a lot of questions.
You’ve seen her on Mock The Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I got News For You, Q1 and I’m a Celebrity. Now see Shappi, one of our finest comedians, for one evening only. Shappi is kindly performing to support INK. (A separate ticketed event.)
Friday 12th April – This is a day workshop – 10.00am – 3.00pm ( doors open 9.30am) £35.00
Join the experienced ‘ writer and encourager of writers’ Greg Mosse, founder of the Criterion New Writing Program in the West End, for this masterclass. He will help you develop scenes of conflict and drama that reveal character and drive the plot forward to a powerful unifying climax.
Simon will cover an overview of the Radio Drama landscape, how producers work with writers, how writers get their work onto radio and the challenges involved. Participants will also do some practical exercises to get their writing blood flowing!
Robin’s workshop will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing for radio, including the commissioning process, and focus in particular on how to adapt existing works into script form, from proposal to broadcast product. All welcome, from beginner to Nobel Laureate!