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 writing superstars as Richard Curtis and his daughter Scarlett. INK is a vital platform for regional writing which celebrates the short play artform, and its London residency seeks to bring their work to a wider audience.
Over four years INK has drawn attention to the extraordinary potential of the short play as an under-utilised artform and has produced more than 100 new plays. The short play showcases how theatre can colonise new spaces, strange time slots, and different mediums, while providing short-form entertainment that captivates audiences. Feast from the East, in partnership with The Actors Centre, home of the Tristan Bates Theatre, continues the mission of both organisations to encourage new short plays. Each night in London will see eight brilliant short plays performed, from new writers to established playwrights.
Richard Curtis (Love Actually, 2003; Four Weddings and A Funeral, 1994; Notting Hill, 1999; Yesterday, 2019), one of Britain’s best-loved writers, will present Another Suitcase in Another Hall (2018), opening alongside daughter Scarlett Curtis’s (Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies, Girl Up, 2018) new short play Wellington (2019).
Accompanying the Curtis super duo will be a brand-new short play by comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi (Nina is Not OK, Penguin, 2016; I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, ITV, 2017).
Also in the incredible line up will be That’s Great! (2019) by Shaun Kitchener, Mixed Up (2019) by James McDermott, Dan Allum’s Bus Stop (2019), Martha Loader’s After Prospero (2019), and Sound Guy (2019) by Corin Child.
Julia Sowerbutts, Artistic Director of INK, comments: We are delighted that 8 of the best brand-new short plays which premiered at INK Festival 2019 are transferring to Tristan Bates Theatre for this exciting run. They have been selected from over 350 new submissions by new and experienced writers – all with East Anglian connections. Libby Purves wrote that “the world needs to pay attention to INK”, and the London run is a real opportunity for all this talent to shine beyond East Anglia and to develop the INK audience. What could be a better way to promote INK and the flexibility of the short play artform than a two-week showcase at Tristan Bates Theatre? We can’t wait to show London what is happening in East Anglia.
INK Festival: Feast from the East
Performance Dates: Tuesday 7th – Saturday 18th May (excepting 13th May) 2.30pm, 7.45pm – 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th May
7.45pm – 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th, 17th May 2.30pm – 12th May
That’s Great! by Shaun Kitchener
Cast: Joseph Clayton, Will Howard, Ed Jones
Director: Paul Schlesinger
Wellington by Scarlett Curtis
Cast: Holly Ashman, Barbara Horne, Tessa Wojtczak
Director: Jane Zarins
Mixed Up by James McDermott
Cast: Will Howard
Director: James Christopher
Bus Stop by Dan Allum
Cast: Holly Ashman, Joseph Clayton
Director: Dan Allum
Nina’s Not Okay by Shappi Khorsandi
Cast: Amber Muldoon
Director: Jane Zarins
Another Suitcase in Another Hall by Richard Curtis
Cast: Ed Jones, William Kempsell, Amber Muldoon
Director: Julia Sowerbutts with Huw Brentnall
After Prospero by Martha Loader
Cast: Amber Muldoon, Tessa Wojtczak
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Sound Guy by Corin Child
Cast: Joseph Clayton, Will Howard, Ed Jones, William Kempsell, Amber Muldoon
Director: Peter Broad
Running Time 2 hours including interval.
Age Recommendation 14 +
Location: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP
How to get there: The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Leicester Square (Piccadilly line, Northern line).
Box Office: Tickets are available at £18, £10 concessions (students and seniors). Please call 020 3841 6611 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more information, please visit: www.inkfestival.org