In May, INK went to London taking the best of East Anglia’s short plays in Feast From The East, with contributions from such writer superstars as Richard Curtis and his daughter Scarlett, as well as exciting new short plays from new writers with exceptional talent.
INK is a vital platform for regional writing which celebrates the short play artform, and it’s London residency brought 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 showed at The Actors Centre, The Tristan Bates Theatre from
Directed by Julia Sowerbutts and Huw Brentnall
Barbara : Amber Muldoon
John : William Kempsell
Godfrey : Ed Jones
An arrogant theatre director infuriates his leading lady and stage crew by fussing about the props during a rehearsal for Evita.
Directed by Dugald Bruce- Lockhart
Irene : Ann Bryson
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.
Directed by Tim Bentinck
Richard : William Kempsell
Alice : Holly Ashman
Maxton : Will Howard
There’s nothing more important than ping pong in Richard’s life. Does that include Alice? Let’s bounce!
Directed by Peter Kavanagh
Ariel : Amber Muldoon
Miranda : Tessa Wojtczak
Comic parable for our times set some 400 years after Shakespeare’s The Tempest. a storm is about to break over Prospero’s flooded island home. Squabbling sisters, Ariel and Miranda are reunited for their father’s wake.
Directed by Paul Schlesinger
Harry : Will Howard
Rory : Ed Jones
Jake : Joseph Clayton
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?
Directed by Jane Zarins
Nina : Amber Muldoon
A night out on the tiles with 17 – year old Nina is fuelled by something far more potent than drink.
Directed by Jane Zarins
Doris : Jill Freud/ Barbara Horne
Gloria : Tessa Wojtczak
Sarah : Holly Ashman
Three quirky women – granny, mum and daughter – cram on the sofa to watch the royal wedding on television.
Directed by James Christopher
Adam : Will Howard
A comedy drama about music, mix tapes and feelings mixed up.
Directed by Peter Kavanagh
Chris : Chris Larner
Mum : Hilary Greatorex
Double-edged confession set in a 1970’s living Room. The play travels back and forth in time to illuminate the secrets of a mother and son.
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.
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.