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On 7th October 2020 we successfully raised £3,552 ( + est. £321.25 Gift Aid ) with 108 supporters in 42 days

Transform the lives of disadvantaged Norfolk teenagers, by giving them a voice & building confidence, using scriptwriting & drama workshops.

by INK from Pen to Performance in Caister On Sea, England, United Kingdom

INK is a charity based in East Anglia.  Our mission is to "give a voice to those voices that are rarely heard". We transform the lives of disadvantaged teenagers by inspiring creativity and building confidence, using scriptwriting and drama workshops in local schools.


There are few opportunities for children in our area to access creative opportunities and experience the benefits of live theatre.  INK’s Pen to Performance Schools’ Project has been running, in Suffolk schools, for 3 years. We have been overwhelmed by requests from Norfolk schools to extend our workshops in catchments areas which are some of the most deprived in the UK.


Our Objective

Our objective is to expand our community workshops to Caister Academy and at least one other school in the Great Yarmouth area. We would like to extend this work to more schools in Norfolk but our initial funding goal would enable us to work in two schools. 

Our innovative workshops enable children to explore and develop the creation of short plays with professional playwrights and drama facilitators in fun, practical activities within a supportive and empowering environment.

The children create their own short plays,  improving their literacy skills and giving them the confidence to make their voices heard. Professional actors return to the schools to perform the children’s work and provide interactive feedback sessions.  


What makes our project great?

It can be life changing.

The Pen to Performance Schools’ Project reaches out to disadvantaged children. It not only helps to raise literacy standards but also confidence and aspirations. 

The project takes a can-do attitude, helping young people to gain in confidence and to explore self-expression producing an increased sense of well-being and value.

Feedback comments include:  

“The thing that I’ve gained most is believing in my own ideas and thoughts.”

“This has been a fantastic learning experience for our students.”


About INK

INK is a theatre company and charity.  Our mission is to;

"Give a voice to those voices that are rarely heard"

The annual INK Festival, in Halesworth, is our headline event.  Please see our short video to give you a flavour of the amazing talent on show at the Festival.


INK sources, develops and produces the best short new plays for stage and radio by writers from East Anglia, and beyond.

We have produced over 200 plays in the last 6 years, but we also work extensively in the community throughout the year,  offering workshops, talks and mentoring schemes.

We have already combined with several rural schools across Suffolk on INK’s Pen to Performance Schools’ Project. The 250 young participants have created over 100 short new plays many of which were short listed for the INK Festival being performed alongside nationally recognised names as Scarlett Curtis and Shappi Khorsandi.

We aspire to give even more young people in our region, particularly those from disadvantaged areas, the opportunity to take part in this project which supports their curriculum-based learning, but also takes them out of the classroom and into the creative space of scriptwriting and working with theatre professionals. 

We hope to continue to transform lives, helping individuals to ‘find their voice’ by listening to their stories, encouraging creativity and social well-being. 


How will this happen?

We need your backing. Your pledge will help us raise funds for this valuable work.

What's the money for?

All the funds raised from this Crowdfunder will be spent on the Pen to Performance Project in two Norfolk Schools, Caister Academy and another school in the Great Yarmouth area.  This covers all of the costs for two schools to have workshop sessions and a celebration of the students’ work in a performance event in school.  If we raise more, we can roll the project out to more schools.


If we reach our target, funds from the Crowdfunder will support the expansion of INK's Pen to Performance project in Norfolk schools in the 20/21 academic year.  

Our Supporters

INK's Pen to Performance project in Suffolk schools is supported by


The Rewards

What's on Offer?

  • £5 INK Splat - For some it  might not seem much, but for us it means the world.
  • £10 INK Car Sticker - We'll send you an INK car sticker for you to display and show you support our project.
  • £25 INK T-shirt - To show our appreciation, we'll send you a unique and colourful t-shirt.
  • £150 One to One Scriptwriting Session - donate £150 and we'll provide a one to one scriptwriting session with one of our professional scriptwriters

Please support INK's Pen to Performance project and help us give a voice to disadvantaged children in Norfolk.

Risks and Challenges

Without your support, if we don't reach our target, we may have to scale back our work or we may not be able to deliver our project.

Thank you for your support!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

INK Splat!

A £5 donation – gets you an INK Splat emoji from us to show that we really appreciate your donation.

£10 or more

INK Car Sticker

Donate £10 – and we’ll send you an INK car sticker to display and show you support our project.

£25 or more

INK T-Shirt

Donate £25 – to show our appreciation we'll send you a unique and colourful INK t-shirt

£150 or more

One-to-one Scriptwriting Session

Donate £150 – INK will organise for you to have a one hour one-to-one creative scriptwriting workshop with one of our professional writers as a token of our appreciation.

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