Work begins on finding next year’s Pulse stars

THIS year’s Pulse Fringe Festival may barely have finished, but organisers are already looking for the stars of 2011’s event.

“I’ll be heading north in a few weeks to spend time in Edinburgh looking for new work for Pulse 2011 and meet cutting-edge companies who we will invite to next year’s festival,” said festival director Steven Freeman.

“The application process will open in September and we anticipate presenting an equally strong programme to keep the festival firmly on the cultural radar as the place to see new work, with more site-specific venues and perhaps even more choice, if that’s possible!

“Audience feedback has been wonderful and I’m looking forward to finding lots of great work for 2011.”

More than 2,500 tickets were sold for 58 events this year’s event, which saw theatre delivered in a bed-sit, car park, a shipping container and secret locations revealed just before the event.

Many shows completely sold out and the festival attracted national press interest and the eye of top industry reviewers, with many extending their stay to experience more of what Pulse - produced by The New Wolsey Theatre - could offer.

“It’s an opportunity unlike any other for the people of Suffolk to see creativity, innovation and experimentation in progress. Added to that is the opportunity and investment we are able to provide the participants with makes this a very special festival, one which we are tremendously proud of,” added Steven.

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Paul Clement, executive director of Ipswich Central, was delighted to see Pulse going from strength to strength and playing a vital role in developing Ipswich’s growing evening and visitor economy.

“The festival attracts residents, the business community and tourists into the town centre, with many choosing to dine or stay out afterwards, helping to boost the economy and improve perceptions of the town as a cultural destination. We are incredibly proud to have our own Ipswich Fringe Festival.”