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INK Festival brings Feast from the East – a celebration of the short play – to London

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

Programme:

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 boxoffice@actorscentre.co.uk 

Twitter: @INK_Festival #PentoPerformance #INKinLondon #INKFestival #FeastfromtheEast

For more information, please visit: www.inkfestival.org 

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