New Wolsey Theatre has announced its 10-day PULSE programme, with 47 companies presenting 22 finished shows, 22 extracts / works in progress, 2 bespoke new pieces made with the people of Ipswich, a brand new commission, and a competition: the Suitcase Prize, in which participants compete to win £1,000 for the best piece of theatre that can be toured on public transport.
PULSE Fringe is a bright snapshot of contemporary theatre and performance comprising of finished shows, work in progress and new ideas. Now in its 13th year, the festival brings an exciting blend of artists embracing a wide variety of performance arts to Ipswich offering a unique opportunity to see a wide range of top quality, emotionally charged and entertaining work and innovative thinking. This year’s festival is directed by Ed Collier, Paul Warwick and Rosie Kelly of China Plate; a producing outfit celebrated for delivering innovative artistic development opportunities, acting as a conduit for collaboration and encouraging leaps into unknown creative territory.
The Festival takes places across the New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich Museum, the HEG (High Street Exhibition Gallery) and Ipswich Town Hall
The festival opens on Thursday 31st May with Lucy Ellinson’s When I Was Old, When I Get Young made with members of the New Wolsey audience, while Dan Bye’s Six O’Clock News will see the Young Company working alongside guest artists to reflect on the news, locally, nationally and internationally. The festival also hosts a new work in progress from New Wolsey Associate Company Gecko as well as shows from artists such as Action Hero, Ross Sutherland, John Osborne and recent Olivier Award Nominee Caroline Horton.
This year also sees the inaugural Suitcase Prize – a full day of extracts from new and work in progress shows competing to win £1,000 for the best piece of theatre that can be transported on public transport, the aim being to try to reduce the carbon footprint that touring theatre leaves behind it.
Laura Norman, Pulse producer, said “The Suitcase Prize is incredibly exciting and we are confident that our ten successful applicants won’t let the travel limitations limit their ambition. We were looking for inspiring, bold and adventurous ideas – just ones that you can take with you on the bus”.