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Pulse Festival: The Little Blue Boat And The Secret Of The Broads – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Phil Johnson Director: Daniel Burgess Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Children's shows are often overlooked in Fringe Festivals, but new theatre isn't restricted to just 'grown up' shows. It's a fact that Ipswich's Pulse Festival has embraced, with a dedicated Children's and Young People's day. All-In-Productions have set out to create theatre that is accessible to children and families and ...

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Pulse Festival: This Is How We Die – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Christopher Brett Bailey Reviewer: Glen Pearce   If wordplay was an Olympic sport, Christopher Brett Bailey would be a dead cert for gold. Bailey celebrates the power of the word, attacking us from the starting gun with a machine gun barrage of poetic observation. It’s a performance so packed with speed and linguistic dexterity that you begin ...

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Pulse Festival: The Spalding Suite – Dance East, Ipswich

Writer: Inua Ellams Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Theatre, dance, poetry, beatboxing and basketball may seem an unlikely marriage, but in Inua Ellams’ The Spalding Suite the elements combine beautifully to create a striking piece of theatre. Basketball may not get the same media attention as say football, a fact that one of the player’s mother in this ...

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Pulse Festival: If I Were Me – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Devised by: Antler Director: Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart Reviewer: Glen Pearce   At the end of a day packed with contenders for the 2015 Pulse Festival Suitcase Prize, 2014 winners Antler return to premiere the full-length version of their winning entry If I Were Me. It's interesting to see the piece developed from the short segment seen in 2014 and there’s clearly ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Suitcase Prize 2015

At a time when touring shows face increased financial pressures and various high profile productions are cutting their tours short, the economics of theatre touring are under the spotlight once again. The multi-truck, mega-budget tours are a fairly recent invention, with Shakespeare’s men thinking of nothing of packing their shows onto a cart and heading out into the provinces. Ipswich's ...

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Carousel – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein Music: Richard Rodgers Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Lu Greer   Carousel, originally written in 1945, tells the story of the ill-fated romance of Billy Bigelow (Keith Higham) and Julie Jordan (Gillene Butterfield). Soon after the two meet they find themselves out of work with Julie pregnant and Billy, seeing no other choice, turns to crime to try ...

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Pulse Festival: That Is All You Need To Know – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Co-devisers: Chris Bone and Nicholas Pitt Directors: Paul Slater and Kate Stanley Reviewer: Glen Pearce   One of the unexpected side effects of the recent anniversaries of the start of both the First and Second World Wars is the recognition that the stories from these conflicts need to be captured and preserved. It’s not only the soldier’s tales from the ...

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Pulse Festival: Bromance – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Performers: Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift, Charlie Wheeler Director: Eddie Kay Associate Director: Ella Robson Guilfoyle Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The acknowledgement of the existence of ‘Bromance’ may be a recent step, but Barely Methodical troupe’s fusion of theatre, circus and dance is pure good old fashioned entertainment. There’s nothing dated, however, about Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift or Charlie Wheeler’s performances. ...

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