INK Festival 2019

12th/13th /14th April at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk.

 

Over forty brand new short plays have been selected to be performed at INK Festival 2019. During the three days there will also be comedy, performance poetry, art, children’s playwriting, talks and workshops.

All the plays will be performed each day and there will be poetry performances everyday.

Saturday will include Q&A with Rachel Freck, Shappi Khorsandi (separate ticket event)

Sunday will include performance poetry from Luke Wright and Q&A with Richard Curtis

There will be a workshop each day – see Workshops

Ink Festival 2019 programme timetable

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE 

or call 01986 872555

Festival Day Tickets

Friday 12th April      £20.00

Saturday 13th April  £25.00

Sunday 14th April     £25.00

Three Day Festival Ticket £60.00

Concessions available.

 

For one night only – Saturday 13th April
Shappi Khorsandi in a stand up comedy night   Tickets £15.00

 

PLAN YOUR VISIT – map, transport and accommodation 

THE INKredibles

Star lineup of short plays about Wellington Boots…

The Boot on the Other Foot

BY PAUL HEINEY

An elderly pig farmer and his grumpy carer have little respect, and less time, for the other’s point of view.

Nina’s Not Okay

BY SHAPPI KHORSANDI

A night out on the tiles with 17-year-old Nina is fuelled by something far more potent than drink.

Wellington

BY SCARLETT CURTIS

Three quirky women — granny, mum and daughter — cram onto the sofa to watch THE royal wedding on television.

Wellington Boots

BY GREG MOSSE

A slippery financial advisor sets out his tempting stall for a seemingly keen investor.

Pink Wellingtons

BY ABI KEMP – AGED  14

Why shouldn’t a bright pink pair of wellies brighten a grey world?

SHORT PLAYS

AFTER PROSPERO

BY MARTHA LOADER

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.

MIXED UP

BY JAMES MCDERMOTT

A comedy drama about music, mix tapes and feeling mixed up.

THAT’S GREAT

BY SHAUN KITCHENER

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?

THE SOUND GUY

BY CORIN CHILD

A clumsy sound technician is having a serious problem with his microphone plugs at a rally organised by right-wing patriots.

A SELFISH BOY

BY CHRISTOPHER REASON

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.

WHORE

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DAN ALLUM

A Roma Gypsy kidnapped by a sex-trafficking gang finds an unlikely ally in the most lonely of places. Tough and topical.

DOG ON A BEACH

BY JOHN R. GOODMAN

Three dogs meet on a beach. They chase the waves, sniff the breeze, and discuss philosophy. As you do if you’re a dog.

LOVE IN WINTER

BY JOHN CANTER

David forces himself to read his famous sister-in-law’s 632 page romantic novel in a desperate quest to please his wife.

LOVE ME TINDER

BY JAMES MCDERMOTT

Two young women who surf their mobile phones might find something more than sex if they weren’t quite so scared of intimacy.

AMYGDALA

BY KATIE SMITH

A failure to conceive acts like poison on a young couple who must choose whether to stay together or go their separate ways.

INVISIBLE IRENE

BY JACKIE CARREIRA

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?

THE TIES THAT BIND US

BY ANDREW CROOK

Chalk and cheese sisters are failing to bond on a hill climbing adventure when one of them unexpectedly bumps into Elvis.

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BUS STOP

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DAN ALLUM

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)

Themed Plays

“It’s the Same Moon”

PERSPECTIVE

by Andy Powrie.

A pair of unhappily married tour guides air their differences to the unsuspecting public as they ‘critique’ several iconic masterpieces.

THE OTHER MOON

by Ruth Furness.

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.

HANGING AROUND

by Michael Barry.

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.

LUST IN SPACE

by Jan Etherington.

A mission by newly-wedded astronauts to conceive the first space baby comes unstuck when someone unexpected pops up at the lunar station.

TOGETHER OR NEVER

by IJ Taylor.

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?

NAKED TRUTH

by Wally Smith.

Brian has a propensity to drop his trousers at public events. A habit that initiates a diplomatic crisis when President Trump visits the UK.

Musical

LADY OF JAZZ

by Greg Mosse. Musical arrangement by John Gleadall & Tony Pegler

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 …

Halesworth Museum Special

REASONABLE DOUBT

by Greg Hanson

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.

EAST ANGLIA DRAMA GROUP COMPETITION WINNER

To be selected from either…

BOOM BUSTERS

by Andy Durham

An elderly couple wake up one morning to find their house has been re-possessed by militant youths with radical ideas about ownership.

OR

QUIZ

by Huw Brentnall

Steve, the host of a cheap and cheerful quiz show, has a meltdown live on air and turns the contestants into hostages.

Radio plays

NUMBER ONE, NORTH SEA

by Griff Scott.

An altruistic doctor puts his family in difficulty when a highly controversial medical practice is discovered on a remote Scottish island.

PING PONG CLUB

by Ed Jones.

There’s nothing more important than ping pong in Richard’s life. Does that include Alice? Let’s bounce!

THE CAFÉ

by Linda Burgess.

A kindly old lady has an eerie influence over the young couple breaking up and the girl behind the counter.

A HOUSEHOLD NAME

BY RICHARD J HAND.

When the reputation of a ‘national treasure’ collapses in scandal and disgrace, what price his memorabilia?

ANOTHER RETREAT FROM DUNKIRK

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RICHARD BLAINE

A fearful rite-of-passage creates an unlikely bridge between a battle-scarred father and his inquisitive son.

ALBERT’S BEAR JOKE

by Peg Lynch and Astrid Ronning

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.

FOOTSTEPS

by Marc S Berners.

A clever new graduate is offered an unexpected job via an unusual employment agency.

INK LAB PLAYS

Rehearsed readings of original short plays in a workshop environment. An experimental first for INK. Directed by James Christopher

MAD AS A HATTER

by Rachel Thompson

Cambridge 1891. A hardworking milliner is unaware he is suffering from the poisonous effects of mercury.

THE PLAY’S THE THING

by Libby Purves

Two jaded theatre critics prepare to sink their teeth into ‘the next big thing’.

OPEN

by Tom Mint

Three young adults explore the treacherous rules of an open relationship.

MAN WITH A VAN

by Tony Allen

Old Den and young Graham have an unusual bit of business to discuss.

LET US MAKE THE FLAMES OF THE REVOLUTION RAGE FURIOUSLY

by Tom Pauk

A husband and wife, loyal to the Revolution, struggle to find the words to say goodbye.

THE PERFECT COMPANION

by Carl Patten

An arrogant revolutionary develops a taste for the padded lifestyle of the women he patronises.

AGONY

by Adrian Rhodes

An agony aunt is pitched a problem that may be two sizes too large.

PERFORMANCE POETRY

 

DON’T NEED THE SUNSHINE

Written & performed by John Osborne

Kiln Room

A seductive and masterly piece of storytelling about the British seaside composed for Radio 4.

LUKE WRIGHT POEMS

Written & performed by Luke Wright

Big Stage

The iconic poet and firebrand presents a selection of new poems and red-hot favourites from his recent sell-out stage shows.

MIDDLE-AGED SPREAD

Written & performed by Jimmy Livingstone

Kiln Room

A scathing and darkly humorous look at middle-age. Plus, wry reflections on Jimmy’s recent move to Suffolk from London.

MODERN LIFE

Written & performed by Jemima Foxtrot

Studio

Brand new poems and songs about the minutiae of modern life by this singular performance artist

SCENES FROM A BRUMMIE ILIAD Part 2

The Struggle for Patroclus’s Corpse. Adapted, directed & performed by Roderick Smith

Kiln Room

“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!

THE LIQUID YOU

Written & performed by Ben Norris

Kings’ Theatre

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.

STAND UP COMEDY

Written & performed by Shappi Khorsandi

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.)

Workshops

For booking information, please book here

All to be held in Halesworth Library. These must be booked to reserve your space

Story Development Masterclass for Dramatic Writing

with Greg Mosse

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.

BBC Writing for Radio Workshop with Simon Nelson – SOLD OUT

Saturday 13th April – Free – 11.00am – 1.30pm (doors open 10.30am)

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!

Adaptation Workshop with Robin Brooks

Sunday 14th April – £20.00 10.30am – 1.00pm (doors open 10.00am)

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!

During the weekend there will also be

 

 

Q and A sessions with Richard Curtis and Rachel Freck

A Play in a Day will give children the opportunity to write and perform their own play with the guidance of  inspirational director, Amy Wyllie. See Workshops page for more details and how to book.

Art @INK – the upstairs gallery will be transformed into an exciting art space.

Plus much more!

The Box Office is open. Book your tickets or call 01986 872555

Day Tickets

Friday 12th  £20.00

Saturday 13th £25.00

Sunday 14th £25.00

3 Day Festival Ticket £60.00

concessions available.

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