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Ink on the Road

Headgate Theatre
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Wednesday 11th April at 7.45pm

Ink on the Road

For the first time, INK Festival, which features new short plays for stage and radio, is on tour and visiting the Headgate Theatre.

The 2018 tour line-up includes the world premiere of The INKredible 5, a unique collaboration by a stellar cast of East Anglia’s most well-known writers, Richard Curtis, Esther Freud, Blake Morrison, Libby Purves and Steve Waters. These celebrity fans and friends of INK weave five magical tales from the same mysterious suitcase. This unusual piece is directed by a young East Anglian director Huw Brentnall, who makes his INK directorial debut under the watchful eye of INK’s artistic director, Julia Sowerbutts.

Another Suitcase In Another Hall by Richard Curtis - An arrogant theatre director infuriates his leading lady and stage crew by fussing about the props during a rehearsal for Evita.

Spooks by Blake Morrison - An exchange of suitcases goes awry when a spy approaches the wrong stranger in the park.

Life on the List by Esther Freud - A phone call out of the blue offers hope to a woman who has spent her adult life waiting for a future.

Attic by Libby Purves - A pair of sisters find an unexpected memory of their father wrapped up in a suitcase in the attic.

Open/Shut by Steve Waters - Two immigration officers unzip an epiphany in an abandoned suitcase.

Three other pieces of theatre, chosen for their originality and brio, will complete this entertaining showcase of talent from the East of England.

The Kiss, by Millie Martin, reveals a brief encounter between an MP and a model in a 1960’s hotel room which turns decidedly surreal when his wife makes an unexpected appearance.

White Girls, by Madeleine Accalia is breath-taking stomp through the refugee crisis in Calais as witnessed by two brassy young girls, fresh out of university and brimful of middle-class cheek.

Cold Call, by Ross Dunsmore, when a call-centre romance turns unexpectedly sour as Rob can’t explain to his irritated colleague-cum-partner exactly where he was last night.

The Inkredible 5 WRITERS

Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis CBE is a British screenwriter, producer, and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian parents. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films including Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Love Actually (2003), and About Time (2013). He is also known for having co-written hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British charity Comic Relief with Sir Lenny Henry.

Esther Freud
Born in London, Freud is the daughter of painter Lucian Freud and Bernadine Coverley. She is also a great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and niece of Clement Freud. She travelled extensively with her mother as a child, and returned to London at the age of 16 to train as an actress at The Drama Centre.

She has worked in television and theatre as both actress and writer. Her first credited television appearance, though inauspicious, was as a terrified diner in The Bill in 1984, running frantically out of a Chinese restaurant after it had received a bomb scare. A year later she appeared as an alien in the Doctor Who serial Attack of the Cybermen. Her novels include the semi-autobiographical Hideous Kinky, which was adapted into a film starring Kate Winslet. She is also the author of The Wild, Gaglow, and The Sea House. She also wrote the foreword for The Summer Book by Tove Jansson.

Blake Morrison
Blake Morrison is a writer and journalist. His non-fiction books include And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1993), which won the J. R. Ackerley Prize and the Esquire/Volvo/Waterstone's Non-Fiction Book Award, As If (1997), about the murder of the toddler James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993, and a memoir of his mother, Things My Mother Never Told Me (2002). His poetry includes the collections Dark Glasses (1984), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award. With Shingle Street his 2015 collection on a Suffolk hamlet, Blake Morrison makes a welcome return to poetry with powerful observations on the erosion of our land, lives and values

Libby Purves
For her column in The Times newspaper, Purves was named columnist of the year in 1999 and in the same year was appointed an OBE for services to journalism. She has written books on childcare; twelve novels including Mother Country; a memoir of religious upbringing, Holy Smoke (1998); and a travel book, One Summer's Grace (1989), about a 1,700-mile sailing journey round Britain with children aged three and five.

In 1971, she joined the BBC as a studio manager. By the mid-1970s she was a regular presenter on BBC Radio Oxford where she could be frequently heard on the station's early morning shows. In 1976, she joined Brian Redhead on the BBC's Today programme. In 1983 she was editor of Tatler magazine for four months.

Steve Waters
Steve Waters is a British playwright and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, UEA - described as ‘one of the UK’s most accomplished political playwrights’.

He was born in Coventry, he studied English at Oxford University, taught in secondary schools and was a graduate of David Edgar's MA in Playwriting in 1993, a course which he later ran for several years. He has written about the pedagogy of playwriting, contributed articles to The Guardian, essays to The Blackwell Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama and The Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter, and has written a book entitled, The Secret Life of Plays (2010).

INK Festival showcases the best new, short scripts by East Anglia’s brightest talent from established writers to brand new voices. With performances of 27 short plays, for stage and radio, a musical, film screenings, performance poetry, workshops, talks, as well as a Saturday children’s programme - it’s an immersive way to see and take part in new, innovative work. This year’s Festival has attracted some big names. The full INK Festival 2018 is on 7th & 8th April 2018, Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth www.inkfestival.org

Suitable for age 14+

Tickets: £12 (full) £10 (conc)