Pulse Festival 2018 New Wolsey Theatre

Pulse Festival 2018 New Wolsey Theatre

Paul T Davies previews The 18th Annual Pulse Festival at the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich. Now firmly established on the East Anglian and theatrical calendar, the Pulse Festival is 18 this year, and is as eclectic and exciting as it has been every year. With post Edinburgh hits on tour, scratch days, new work and material being tested, live music and dance, there really is something for everyone! The Suitcase Prize Day is always a great event, in which theatre makers present about 20 minutes of a new show, and are  encouraged to think in an environmentally and economically sustainable way- work that can be toured in a suitcase! Twelve companies and artists will present excerpts of new work, with the winner being announced at the end of the day. Last year’s winner, Rubber Ring by James McDermott, gets its full performance, and it all takes place on Friday June … Read more

What To Watch Out For in 2018 – Paul T Davies

Olivier Theatre at the National

To talk about every show I’m looking forward to in 2018 would extend this column beyond your patience, so I thought I would focus on three different aspects-and throw in a few more! THE DIRECTOR. One of my favourite directors is Emma Rice, who got me back into the Globe theatre after feeling that it had become too staid for my tastes in the years before. Now she is free of any shackles they may have put on her, I’m excited to see her new work, and to welcome back one of her classics. Her new company, Wise Children, is the new company in residence at the Old Vic, London, and the first production will be an adaptation of Angela Carter’s classic novel Wise Children. A story of twins born on the wrong side of the bed sheets to a theatrical knight, its theatricality and storytelling makes it a perfect … Read more

REVIEW: Golem, New Wolsey Theatre, Pulse Festival ✭✭✭✭

Golem Pulse Festival Ipswich

Golem Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre 10 June 2017 4 Stars Very much thought of as the jewel in the crown of this year’s Pulse Festival, 1927’s Golem is a show that has reached legendary status sine it was first staged, and comes to the Wolsey after long national and international tours. Drawing on the myth of The Golem, of a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him, the piece examines the relationship between man and machine, until the machines take over. The star of the show is the animation and projections that create a graphic novel coming to life, very much in the style of Fritz Lang, particularly Metropolis. The genius of the piece is that, despite its style, it is a world very familiar to us as the Golem is updated, each time becoming technologically smaller and more powerful. Human emotions are sublimated … Read more

REVIEW: Nuclear Family, New Wolsey Theatre, Pulse Festival ✭✭✭

Nuclear Family at Pulse Festival

Nuclear Family Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre. 10 June 2017 3 Stars Presented as an inquiry into the meltdown of Ashtown Nuclear Plant, this interactive piece by Sunday’s Child and Fever Dream Theatre asks the audience to step in and make decisions that will affect the outcome of the drama. Racing against the clock, and with strictly timed discussion points, the majority choices are then acted out. It takes a while to get going, the opening scene establishing recent history and problems with the plant, and the relationship between siblings Joe and Ellen, who become trapped when disaffected former workers break in and enter the control room. Anne O’Riordan and Aidan O’Callaghan work well as the siblings, creating a good sense of tension as the play progresses. The scenario would have benefited from being a little more realistic; some of the circumstances presented appeared highly unlikely. More character development would … Read more

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