INK Festival 2025 will be 24th – 28th April – Save The Date!


Suffolk, our home, is a region under threat by climate change and energy concerns. Our coastline is dissolving, and present measures to address these issues are poised to ruin our beautiful natural environment, endanger biodiversity, and undermine local business and the economy.  

So how can a short play festival possibly contribute?  

By engaging with these issues now.   

By highlighting the stakes, the cost, and the confusion.  

By imagining the credible — and indeed incredible — future.  

But most of all by building a platform for you to take part in this conversation.  

This year’s INK Festival presents a jigsaw of plays that paint the bigger picture:  

Phoenix Dodo Butterfly

Sunday 14 April: Cut  Theatre 2.15pm – 3.50pm 

Three original shorts by UEA’s creative firebrand, playwright, and eco warrior, Professor Steve Waters, make their world premiere at INK Festival before embarking on a nationwide tour. 

Followed by a talk and open forum about the balance between conservation and food production led by Jake Fiennes, Director of Holkham Nature Reserve, where you can air your views. 

Phoenix Dodo Butterfly explores three future scenarios through the eyes of a farming family battling with current environmental challenges: the aftermath of a devastating flood; a depiction of a prolonged drought; and finally, a glimpse into a more optimistic future. 

Producer: LJ Hope Productions 

Director: Kay Michael 

The selection of Planet INK plays running all week also include: 

POD 4 Fatherland by Roger McFionn  

They want Duffy’s farm for the new overhead cables stalking the land. But Duffy has other plans. 

POD 4 Asante and Sarah by Richard Stainer

For Sarah the climate crisis is an inconvenience. For Asante it’s a matter of life and death.  

POD 1 Carbon Neutral Killer by John Shepherd  

A door-to-door charity worker from Carbon Be Gone is very persuasive.

POD 11B Wildfire by Libby Ruffle  

Judith and Michael’s Greek holiday goes up in smoke along with their passports and medications when a wildfire hits.  

POD 11C As We Know It by Treasa Nealon  

The near future. Lucy and Tom have a picnic in a spookily quiet meadow and talk about the children they will never have.  



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