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Pulse Festival: The Bloody Ballad – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Lucy Rivers Director: Adele Thomas Music: Lucy Rivers Reviewer: Glen Pearce   For those who have always thought that behind the perky smiles of ‘have a nice day’ America lurkssomething much darker, The Bloody Ballad could confirm their worst nightmares. Not that troubled teenager Mary Maid does much smiling. An attendant in the family-run gas station, Mary’s fixed grimace ...

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Pulse Festival: Raymondo – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Annie Siddons Director: Justin Audibert Composer: Marcus Hamblett Reviewer: Glen Pearce   “Words! Words! Words! I'm so sick of words!” trills Eliza Doolitle in My Fair Lady. And it’s a feeling one can empathise with after watching Annie Siddons'Raymondo. Siddons has created an epic narrative that fuses storytelling and music to share a surreal tale of two brothers locked ...

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Pulse Festival: Frequently Asked Questions – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Devised by: Tom Chamberlain, Sam Rhodes, Gemma Raw and Jack Tricker Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The New Wolsey Theatre’s Young Associates are carving out a niche in plays documenting the ‘state of the nation’ of our teenagers. Their previous production, Party Piece, first performed in 2011, suggested the mood of our young people was fairly upbeat, the ...

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A Taste of Honey – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Flip Miller As the audience arrive a skiffle trio is playing music of the era in the bar. The music is upbeat and up lifting - this does not reflect the story line about to unfold on the stage. The trio, James Weaver, Lekan Lewal and Christopher Hancock, continue to play music at ...

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Pulse Festival: American Boy – Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich

Performer: Hetain Patel Reviewer: Glen Pearce   For large swathes of the world, American Culture is filtered through the Hollywood lens. Real small town America erased in the surreal and over the top world of the movie blockbuster. In recent years that confusion of what is real has become even more blurred with the self produced movies of YouTube. For ...

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Pulse Festival: Scratch Day – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

By Glen Pearce Theatre makers face a quandary when developing new work. While there is a comforting safety in the seclusion of the rehearsal room, without an audience that work will never reach its potential. However, at what stage do you share that work with an audience? While West End productions have the luxury of preview periods to test out ...

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Pulse Festival: Gym Party – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Devised by:Christopher Brett Bailey, Jessica Latowicki, Tim Cowburyand Ira Brand Reviewer: Paul Couch Superficially, Made In China'sGym Partyis a frothy and humorous affair but, like the best comedy, there is a sinister undercurrent that only strengthens as the piece goes on. TheGym Partyensemble, comprising Ira Brand, Christopher Brett Bailey, and co-writer Jess Letowicki, pull no punches (literally) and what starts ...

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