New Wolsey launches PULSE Festival 2018 programme

POSTED ON: 26/03/2018

The successful 10 day festival celebrates its 18th anniversary with an impressive showcase of contemporary performance from established and emerging artists.

On Thu 31 May, Shôn Dale-Jones performs Hoipolloi’s latest show, ME & ROBIN HOOD, which questions the value of art and money over the power of story. Combining theatre and fundraising, Me & Robin Hood will raise money for Street Child United World Cup 2018.   Last year his audiences raised £20k for the worthwhile charity, which uses sport to connect, protect and enable the children who live on the world’s streets to build better lives.

This year’s Suitcase Prize Day will see the 2017 winner James McDermott return with his production of RUBBER RING on Fri 1 June.  This is a laugh-out-loud coming of age comedy, about a teenage Morrissey fan’s struggle with his sexual identity and rural Norfolk heritage. Described as ‘engaging and charming’ (A Younger Theatre) and ‘a warm and comedic call to accept yourself’ (The Reviews Hub).

Critically acclaimed magician and sleight-of-hand artist Vincent Gambini’s returns to the festival with a pre-Edinburgh preview of new show THE CHORE OF ENCHANTMENT, one of our Scratch Day performances, on Sat 2 June.

On Tue 5 June Luke Wright's second verse play FRANKIE VAH deals with love, loss and belief, against a backdrop of grubby indie venues and 80s politics. Poet, broadcaster and festival curator Wright tours the world each year with his unique brand of poetry. His Channel 4 verse documentaries have been enjoyed by millions of viewers and his poems are often heard on BBC Radios 3 & 4. He curates the spoken word line-ups at Latitude, Festival Number 6, Port Elliot and The Edinburgh International Book Festival.

By their own account, La Pelles Factory’s work is “weird theatre”, using dark humour, relatable stories and modest multimedia to entertain, tease and cause a bit of trouble.  Their renegade telling of Edgar Allan Poe’s THE BLACK CAT is on Mon 4 June.    

Dante or Die’s USER NOT FOUND on Wed 6 June is an interactive digital experience in which you will be handed a smartphone and a pair of headphones before the show starts. This intimate, fly-on-wall drama focuses on what happens to your digital legacy when you die.

Proto-Type Theater’s THE AUDIT (aka Iceland, a modern myth) is on Fri 8 June.  Using original text, performance, film, music and animation it tells the story of how a nation raised their voices in protest against the global economic crash,  after the rich had got richer and the poor were dragged ever downwards.

On the penultimate night of the festival, Friday 8 June, the Wardrobe Ensemble takes the main house back to May 1997 with EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION. Tony Blair has won the election.  Katrina and the Waves won Eurovision. Channel 5 is just one month old.  No one knows who Harry Potter is. “Cool Britannia” rules. Education, Education, Education is a love letter to the schools of the 90s, asking big questions about an entire country in special measures.  It explores what we are taught and why, and where responsibility truly lies. Using trademark inventive theatricality and irreverent humour, this show explores the stories that have shaped our recent political history, and what the future might look like.

To top off the 10 day festival on Sat 9 June is Paul O’Donnell’s almost entirely imagined Bon Jovi musical WE’VE GOT EACH OTHER. With the modern jukebox musical traditionally comes a multitalented cast, a live band (or orchestra if you are lucky), opulent sets and decadent costumes, extravagant dance  routines, dramatic key changes and the odd hydraulic lift or two. We’ve Got Each Other has none of these things (they cost a lot of money), but Paul still tries to create this all singing, all dancing spectacle using the powers of your imaginations.

PULSE Festival Ipswich is supported by local company Harrison C White, who are sponsoring the festival between 2017–2019.

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