Ipswich: Pulse Fringe Festival launches

Victoria Melody's Major Tom. Picture: Liquid Photo

Victoria Melody's Major Tom. Picture: Liquid Photo - Credit: Archant

Ten days, 22 finished shows, 22 works in progress, two tailor-made pieces featuring you, a new commission and the chance to win £1,000; this year’s PULSE Fringe Festival brings the best contemporary theatre to your doorstep.

Unfolding Theatre's Best in the World. Picture: Reed Ingram Weir

Unfolding Theatre's Best in the World. Picture: Reed Ingram Weir - Credit: Archant

Now in its 13th year, it’s firmly established as one of the region’s most exciting and innovative festivals, boasting an eclectic mix of inventive work from emerging and recognised artists.

Supported by Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council, it takes place at the New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich Musuem, the High Street Exhibition Gallery and Ipswich Town Hall from May 30-June 8.

Directed by Ed Collier, Paul Warwick and Rosie Kelly of producing outfit China Plate, there will be art, music, drama and dance from a blend of artists.

It opens with Lucy Ellinson’s When I Was Old, When I Get Young made with the help of New Wolsey audience members. Dan Bye’s Six O’Clock News will see the Young Company work alongside guest artists to reflect on the local, national and international news.

The festival also hosts a new work in progress from New Wolsey Associate Company Gecko as well as shows from the likes of Action Hero, Ross Sutherland, John Osborne and recent Olivier Award Nominee Caroline Horton.

New this year is the Family Day, with seven shows and including the chance to be swallowed by a metal whale.

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Also making its debut is the 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.

“PULSE is a platform to showcase new work and innovative thinking and I’m pleased and proud the Arts Council and our local authorities share our objectives and support our ambition to nurture new talent and to present something different to local and national audiences,” said Sarah Holmes, New Wolsey chief executive.

The festival goes on sale from 10am Friday. For a full run-down see Friday’s Event guide.

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