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NEWS: Testing Ground initiative open for new submissions

By PAUL COUCH The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich,  has today [1 June 2017]  announced that submissions are open for next year’s Testing Ground commission, where successful projects will be showcased at PULSE Festival 2018. The theatre supports and showcases new work and new ideas from contemporary theatre-makers through the PULSE artist development programme. Last year, they introduced Testing Ground, a ...

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NEWS: 17th Pulse Festival line-up announced

By PAUL COUCH East Anglia’s Pulse Festival, now in its 17th year, has today [25 March 2017] announced its line-up for 10 days of contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield. Building on previous Pulse Festivals, this year’s programme carries on the successes of Suitcase Prize Day and Scratch Day with new work ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Work in progress shows promise

gecko The Wedding

Ipswich Pulse Festival has always championed new work, from finished pieces to work in the very earliest stages of development. Glen Pearce reflects on the impact of this unfinished work in the 2016 edition of Pulse. There’s a fine balancing act when producing new theatre. Audience reaction is, of course, key, but when do you put that work in front ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Spymonkey – The Complete Deaths

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer &Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Glen Pearce Venue: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich   In just a couple of weeks, Sir Trevor Nunn will return to his hometown, Ipswich, and the New Wolsey Theatre stage to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the one Shakespeare play missing from his directorial canon. He’s got a tough act to follow, as closing out the ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Third Angel – 600 People

Writer and Performer: AlexanderKelly Director: Rachael Walton BSL Interpreter: Caroline Jane Smith Reviewer: Paul Couch Third Angel’s 600 People has something of an air of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures about it. It’s accessible, not at all stuffy, and genuinely entertaining. Is it “theatre”? Probably not in the conventional sense but Third Angel does have a reputation for pushing boundaries ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Victoria Melody – Hair Peace

Hair Peace

Creator &Performer:Victoria Melody Director:Paul Hodson Co-director:Petra Massey Reviewer: Glen Pearce Venue: New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich   It’s not long ago that Ipswich’s New Wolsey Studio featured a certain Sweeney Todd’s Tonsorial Parlour. Victory Melody’s follow up to her hit show Major Tom, Hair Peace, follows a different barbers tale, but is no less serious. In her previous work, Melody set ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Nigel And Louise – This Is What Men Do

This Is What Men Do

Writer: Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari Reviewer: Glen Pearce Venue: High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich   Sometimes less is more. A sustaining snack more beneficial than a full blow buffet. It’s certainly the case with Nigel and Lousie’s This Is What Men Do. The set looks stunning, a recreation of da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Various readers (local performers) slowly ...

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