The Feast From The East – best new short plays from INK Festival 2019

Tristan Bates Theatre,London

7th-18th May 2019


This May, INK Festival is going on the road and taking the best of East Anglia’s short plays to London in Feast From The East, with contributions from such writer superstars as Richard Curtis and his daughter Scarlett.

INK is a vital platform for regional writing which celebrates the short play artform, and it’s London residency seeks to bring it’s work to a wider platform. Over four years INK has drawn attention to the extraordinary potential of the short play and has produced over 100 new plays.

Feast From The East will show at The Actors Centre at The Tristan Bates Theatre from

Tuesday 7th May to Saturday 18th May.

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP – Tel 0202 3841 6611

Closest tubes Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

Tickets are £18.00 – £10.00 concessions for students and seniors


The Plays

That’s Great – Shaun Kitchener

Wellingtons – Scarlett Curtis

Mixed Up – James McDermott

Bus Stop – Dan Allum

Nina’s Not Okay – Shappi Khorsandi

Another Suitcase in Another Hall – Richard Curtis

After Prospero – Martha Loader

Sound Guy – Corin Child



Written by Esther Freud, Stitchers was first performed – a shortened version – at INK 2017, it was transferred to London in 2018 and ran at The Jermyn Street Theatre for three weeks with Sinead Cusack receiving outstanding reviews.

“.. novelist Esther Freud (Hideous Kinky) has chosen an unusual theme for her first play: the true story of Lady Anne Tree’s determination to give prisoners a practical purpose and increased self-esteem by introducing them to needlecraft.” Michael Billington
“Stitchers poses strong arguments for Fine Cell Work’s projects, Lady Anne Tree as a national heroine, and Freud’s skills as a playwright.” The Stage

Heart of Winter tells the funny, heart-warming and down-to-earth story of Kate, a primary schoolteacher, living up North. Her relationship of five years is over. With the help of her mum, her close friends and a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s, she battles the harsh reality of winter to find the new hope of spring.

Written by Tim Connor (music and lyrics) and Lia Buddle (story and dramaturgy), the British score includes cabaret favourite Back To School, winner of the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize.


Another Northern Man

Written by Paul Kelly, directed by Susan Raasay, and premiered at the INK Festival 2017, Another Northern Man transferred to the Hope Theatre in London.

‘…go and rebuild your life, your family, your career. Maybe have a shave. How about that? However, if you continue with this vitriol towards me, I will dismantle you.’

Grief-stricken Noel turns to therapist Phillip for answers after the death of his hero.

When their relationship falters, suspicions grow and the truth becomes lost to obsession.

Andrew Murton, Creative Director and Actor at Hambre Productions says ‘we’re involved because the reaction at the INK Festival was so raw, potent and visceral that a wider audience need to experience this play. The Hope Theatre is the perfect place to make that happen.’



Written by Bill Cashmore, music by Denis King, directed by Julia Sowerbutts and premiered at the INK Festival 2016, Daughter was developed and transferred to the Pleasance Theatre in London.

“Condensed into just 55 minutes, Daughter packs quite a punch. This is a play about family and the importance of appreciating every second we have with the people we love – but it also reflects on the nature of memory and those “flashbulb moments” that stay with us forever, for better or worse. A powerful piece of theatre, both enjoyable and haunting, Daughter is well worth a visit.”
4* Review by Liz Dyer London Theatre



Written and performed by James McDermott, directed by Julia Sowerbutts, Rubber Ring started as a short play originally called Beached and was first performed at the inaugural INK in 2015 which also went on to win  Velvet Trumpet’s best new comedy award  at the Southwark Playhouse in London.  It subsequently was developed into a full length play touring  the country including  performances in the West End. Rubber Ring  is currently being adapted for a TV with Hat Trick.