The INK Festival 2019 goes from strength to strength with 2019 providing a bumper crop of emerging talent and established professionals alike. Creatives both young and old cover a range of performing arts that will excite and provoke the three-day festival going audience. The range of plays is impressive, over forty of them, by writers that all have a connection with East Anglia.
There are workshops on playwriting, radio plays to hear, music to engage, with stand up comedy and sit down poetry performances to challenge, as well as talks with local and national practitioners and now exciting spaces around town – the Volvo garage and the library have been commandeered. The top level of The Cut now houses a quiet gallery exhibition of local artists where paintings and artefacts can be enjoyed along with the tasty coffee facilities – INK Festival is clearly a festival of all the senses – experience it now!
Although there are several performing spaces created for the festival around town, The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk, is the main showcasing venue for these brand new short plays. The INK Festival also features new musical theatre works and performance poetry with Luke Wright. After this celebration of new works, the festival lives on with INK on the Road as it takes the best from the Festival on tour around East Anglia.
INK is a vital platform for regional writing that celebrates the short play art-form, and its London residency seeks to bring its work to a wider platform.
Feast From The East will show at The Actors Centre at The Tristan Bates Theatre from Tuesday 7th May to Saturday 18th May.
The INK Festival programme is wide and eclectic with topics of philosophy, infertility, and social control are all addressed along with appropriate behaviour, family bonds and diversity which are equally explored. It’s a fine and compelling presentation of work that gives breath to new works as INK educates and entertains and is it any wonder it sells out? It is to the credit of the artistic director, Julia Sowerbutts and her associate directors, Jane Zarins and James Christopher along with a host of incredible local supporters, many offering their services for free!
Get to INK, get to Suffolk and to glimpse the exciting work that the provinces are engaged in and then you will realise London is not the only creative hub in the country!
Ink Festival runs from 12-14 April 2019 and then tours from 18-28 April 2019. More details can be found at https://inkfestival.org/
Paul Hegarty | Image: Contributed