29 May — 7 June 2014

Ten days of new, inspiring theatre to fill your brain, bust your belly, shake your faith, and soothe your soul.

Put down your laptop, turn off your telly, and let those box-sets gather some dust.

Are you with us?

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Pulse Tickets

All tickets: £8.50
Under 26: £5

Frequent Flyer Offer

All Tickets: Book 5 or more shows (in the same transaction) and get all your tickets for £5 per show. We’ll tag your account to unlock £5 tickets from then on too.

Under 26: You already get £5 tickets (lucky you) so we’ll throw in free Pulse evening grub each day you have a ticket once you’ve booked 5 or more shows. Just show your ticket to claim your food.

All frequent flyer deals exclude Suitcase Day and Scratch Performances (because they’re already £5, cheeky!).

Suitcase Prize Day, Friday 30 May

£15 for the whole day. Thank us later.

Add Near Gone for £5 with a Suitcase Day ticket (in the same transaction).

Scratch Day, Saturday 31 May

£5 per session

Book all 6 sessions for £15. That’s half price — bargain.

We’ll throw in Gym Party for £5 too if you book all 6 sessions (in the same transaction).

FREE ENTRY (Allocated on the day)

The Backseat of my Car
Travelling Treasury

FREE ENTRY (Advance booking)

World Factory Presentation

'Ello from China Plate

We are delighted to be back at the New Wolsey for PULSE 2014 as Festival Directors and are hugely excited about sharing this year’s programme with you.

The work is as bright and bold as ever: including some awesome finished shows, tantalising work-in-progress, music, family day and loads more.

See the work, meet the artists, be a part of it.

It’s great to be back!

We’ll see you there ...

Ed, Paul and Iain, China Plate
@youroldchina | chinaplatetheatre.com


And now a word from our Rob

Pulse is the artist development programme here at the New Wolsey Theatre, and it also describes how we discover, support and grow talent in the region through a series of collaborative opportunities, residencies and commissions.

All the time we’re looking for theatre makers at every stage in their development who have a great idea and want to come and play here in Ipswich. We get to share a little of that work all year round through Pulse Presents, but for 10 incredible days we get to take over the New Wolsey Theatre and Studio and some spaces across the town, and fill them with a curated programme of new work and new ideas from some the most inventive and original theatre and performance makers the UK and the world has to offer.

Working with the team from China Plate Pulse Festival 2014 has something for everyone; so not only is there the chance to see some of the best work currently on tour every day, there’s also the 2nd year of the Suitcase Prize Day, which encourages theatre makers to think in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

Then there’s Scratch Day, Family Day, a new day of dance in association with the team at DanceEast, a free band every night, incredible ticket offers and cheap food.

The only thing missing is you!

Rob Salmon - associate Director


Get a brochure

You can get a PDF or audio version of the PULSE brochure by emailing access@wolseytheatre.co.uk.

Accessible Performances

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

(Thursday 29 May) Live-captioning: a stage to text transcription live on stage for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Let me stay

(Thursday 5 June) British Sign Language Intrepretation and Audio Description


New Wolsey Theatre Box Office has a low level service counter and an induction hearing loop system – to use, turn your hearing aid to T. You can also live chat with one of our Ticket Sales Assistants on this very website. Just down there, on the right.

Hearing Enhancement

A Sennheiser Infrared hearing enhancement system operates at the New Wolsey Theatre. Headsets are available from the Box Office, which can be used with or without a hearing aid. A refundable deposit of £10 is required for each headset. We regret that there is not a hearing enhancement system at the New Wolsey Studio.

Venue Access

New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Studio, the HEG (High Street Exhibition Gallery) and DanceEast are accessible to wheelchair users - please advise at point of booking. Assistance dogs are welcome at all PULSE venues, let us know in advance if you can.


We recommend Wolsey Pay and Display Car Park - accessible from Black Horse Lane, then left to the end of Chapman Lane where there are 5 Blue Badge Parking Bays. Parking charges do apply. You can also drop off outside the New Wolsey Studio on St George’s Street or the HEG on Museum Street.

By train

Hey, Southerners!

You can get to Ipswich by train in just over an hour from London Liverpool Street, with trains leaving 3 times an hour. The last train to London from Ipswich is 22.43, although we have many fantastic hotels and B&Bs we can recommend!

Hey, Northerners!

Norwich and Peterborough (the places, not the building society) also offer a frequent service to Ipswich.

Check times and prices at:

By car

Hey, Southerners!

M25 and then the A12. When you see a Toys R Us, you've hit Ipswich.

Hey, Northerners!

M6 or M1 and then A14. If you get to Felixstowe, you've gone too far.

Hugs of gratitude go to ...

You good people buying tickets. You're awesome.

All the performers who are going to make this the best Pulse ever.

All the team at China Plate and the New Wolsey Theatre who've made this happen.

The National Lottery and all you people that play it. At Pulse, you're all winners.

Arts Council England for your continued and very generous support. Long may it continue. (wink wink).

Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council. We're glad to call this wonderful, creative and diverse town Home.

Tower Ramparts

Suffolk New College

Fresh pac


Iceland (the shop, although the country is lovely too)

Media Partners

Ipswich Star

East Anglian Daily Times


BBC Radio Suffolk


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