LONDON – This May, London’s INK Festival is showcasing some of East Anglia’s short plays with Feast from the East, featuring contributions from writing superstars such as Richard Curtis and his daughter Scarlett. Considered a vital platform for regional writing, INK’s London residency is set to bring their work to a wider audience, having produced over 100 new plays in just four years.
With INK, the short plays have showcased how theatre can colonise new spaces, strange time slots, and different mediums, while providing short-form entertainment that captivates audiences. In Feast from the East, eight brilliant short plays will be performed each night, featuring a combination of both new writers and established playwrights, from the likes of Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and A Funeral, Notting Hill) and his daughter Scarlett Curtis. The former will present Another Suitcase in Another Hall, which opens alongside the latter’s new short play Wellington.
Accompanying the Curtis super duo will be a brand-new short play by comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi (I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here), along with That’s Great! by Shaun Kitchener, Mixed Up by James McDermott, Bus Stop by Dan Allum, After Prospero by Martha Loader, and Sound Guy by Corin Child.
Says Julia Sowerbutts, Artistic Director of INK: “We are delighted that 8 of the best brandnew 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
Feast From The East runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London, from 7th to 18th May 2019. For more information and tickets, visit their website here