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PULSE FESTIVAL: There Shall Be Fireworks – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

The Plasticine Men in There Shall Be Fireworks

Writers: Simon Day and Martin Bonger Director: Simon Day Reviewer: Glen Pearce Afghanistan - a complex land full of different tribes, a rich history now scarred by conflict. It is this mix that has a huge impact on Richie, whose childhood experiences in the country still haunt him well into adulthood back in his native America. Based on true stories, ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: The Duke – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

Shôn Dale-Jones in The Duke

Writer, Director and Performer: Shôn Dale-Jones Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s always a bit of a grey area in Shôn Dale-Jones shows. Is it Dale-Jones or his alter ego Hugh Hughes performing. Here it’s Dale-Jones himself credited but as he points out in the opening minutes the names of real people are interchangeable. Like much of Dale-Jones/Hughes previous work, The ...

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The Barber Shop Chronicles – The National Theatre, London

Barber Shop Chronicles at National Theatre

Writer: Inua Ellams Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Confidant, counsellor, friend and sparring partner, the relationship between a man and his barber is an intimate and long-lasting thing. The traditional barbershop is often at the heart of a community, a rallying point for local men to come, sit, talk and sometimes to even have their hair cut. Inua Ellams ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Good Grief – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Jack Rooke Director: Gabriel Bisset-Smith Reviewer: Paul Couch Grief affects us all in different ways. Of course, many people follow the traditional linear path of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, but these stages are by no means set in stone. Many, like Jack Rooke, jump straight to the end two. When he was 15 and in ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Am I Dead Yet – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

am i dead yet

  Writers and performers: Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s a thin line between life and death as explained by Chris Thorpe and Jon Spooner in Am I Dead Yet? And there’s also a thin line between engaging theatre and pretension. It's a line the duo come perilously close to crossing in this one-hour ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Live Before You Die – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Byron Vincent Reviewer: Paul Couch By his early teens, Byron Vincent was sleeping rough and taking drugs. Then he sold them. Even from an early age, it seems his life was in a terminal decline of nihilistic behaviours born partly from his upbringing on one of Britain’s roughest sink estates and partly from his bipolar illness. Later, he became an ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: “Tanja” – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

SBC Theatre Tanja

Writer: Rosie MacPherson Director: Hannah Butterfield Reviewer: Paul Couch Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre in Bedfordshire has seen its fair share of controversy, from claims that officers were instructed to lock detainees in when the building caught fire in 2002, to hunger strikes and allegations of sexual and physical abuse. In the UK, we are told emphatically, suspected terrorists may be detained for ...

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