Friday 22nd Oct

Saturday 23rd Oct

Sunday 24th Oct

Additional Events

As well as the above ticketed events there are a host of other events taking place during the festival we invite you to enjoy. Look out for boards around the foyer where you can access these pieces.

My Summer in Pakefield

Over the weekend you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the short audio play My Summer in Pakefield by Ben Weatherill. Starring Amanda Abbington (SHERLOCK, MR SELFRIDGE) and telling the story of Mandy, a young Bluecoat at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park during the hazy summer days of 1983. Set against a backdrop of legwarmers, jelly sandals and the Tory landslide, Mandy looks back on a summer romance that changed everything. Nostalgic and bittersweet, a play for anyone who’s ever had their own ‘Dirty Dancing’ moment and for anyone who wishes they had.

Summer of Love

Summer of Love was a project made in partnership with Access Community Trust in Lowestoft. Young people aged 15-24 from Access’ Place of Pride group worked with playwright Ben Weatherill to create their own audio plays celebrating different types of love and relationships. These were then brought to life with a soundtrack composed by Nicola Chang. For some of the participants this was their first experience of creative writing, we hope you enjoy what they’ve come up with!

You can also listen to the audio plays here:

For Her by Bethany Mya-Mason

Jonah by Ash Lee


Mina by Lola Matthews

Kylie Hunt by Taylor Bunch

With thanks to Andy Turner and Dionne Walton at Access Community Trust

Big Skies

Big Skies is a radio play by Atiha Sen Gupta and James McDermott, inspired by young people living in Suffolk

In Autumn 2019, young people from Albany PRU, The Mix (Stowmarket), The Meet Up (Thetford) and County Upper School took part in workshops with acclaimed playwrights James McDermott and Atiha Sen Gupta, exploring the participants’ dreams and ambitions. The material generated from the sessions became a radio play, using the voices of students on the Performing Arts course at Conservatoire East, West Suffolk College, supported by actors Alix Dunmore and Dan Starkey. 

Director Katie Bird

Original Concept Marcus Romer

Sound designer  David Lewington

Visuals  Henry Driver