PULSE is an actively curated festival providing an environment in which participating artists can develop, grow and connect within their chosen fields and benefit from the strong networks associated with the New Wolsey Theatre, China Plate, and their place within the industry.

The festival programme is a mixture of work sourced through this open call application process and invited work.

If you are interested in applying, please read throught the application notes and submit the application form online by Monday 7 January 2019:

Click here for the online application

PDF downloads:

PULSE Festival Application Notes 2019

PULSE Festival Application Questions 2019

Pulse Presents

Get up close at the New Wolsey Studio with some of the best work touring small spaces in the UK right now. There’s a fantastic range of shows on offer this season. Take a risk on something new. We dare you!

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Pulse Tickets

Starting at: £10
Under 26 starting at: £5

About Our Prices

You may have noticed that our prices state 'starting at'. Make sure you book quickly as these prices won't last forever. As the demand for tickets increases our prices are subject to change so book now for the best seats at the best prices.

Suitcase Prize Day
Fri 01 June

£15 for the whole day.

Scratch Day
Sat 02 June

£5 per session

Book all 4 sessions for £10. That's half price - bargain!

PULSE is our artist development programme – it’s how we discover, develop and support talent across the region and beyond…
All year round we’re doing this by offering our rehearsal spaces, sharing our resources, and by giving our time and expertise to artists who want to explore and grow their ideas.

More than that we support these artists by sharing their work with you, we do that all year round through PULSE Presents, and for 10 days we get to do that and so much more with the annual PULSE Festival.

It’s a world class programme of theatre and performance with our guarantee that there’s a show for you. 49 chances to find a story, a performer, a theme or an idea to make you laugh, make you cry or blow your mind.

Enjoy fantastic food throughout the festival at our Café Bar!

Deep Fried Halloumi   

Squeaky cheese dusted with sesame seeds and za’atar, deep fried and served with harissa yoghurt dressing and seasoned fries (V/GF)

Falafel Bites

Oven roasted falafel served with tzatziki dip, salad and seasoned fries  (VE/GF)


Roasted squash, puy lentil and sesame seed salad, with a chilli, soy and agave nectar dressing (VE/GF)

Jerk Chicken Kebab

Jamaican spiced chicken fillet served in a toasted pitta with crunchy salad, coconut dressing and seasoned fries

Fish Burger

Beer battered white fish served in a soft brioche bun with crisp salad, tartare sauce and seasoned fries

(V) = Vegetarian

(VE) = Vegan
(GF) = Gluten Free

You will be able to download a PDF or large print version of the PULSE brochure from our website pulseipswich.co.uk. Alternatively, email info@wolseytheatre.co.uk to request copies by email/post.

Accessible Performances

Some performances are accessible to those who are hard of hearing or blind/partially sighted, for example rehearsed readings which are story-led or physical theatre which has no dialogue.

Performances that will be British Sign Language interpreted, contain a stage to text transcription or contains an audio description of the show via a headset will be announced closer to the time. Please contact the Ticket Sales team who can help you with your booking.

Venue Access

The New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Studio, and the High Street Exhibition Gallery 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.


The New Wolsey Theatre Ticket Desk 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 the website.
01473 295 900

Hearing Enhancement

A Sennheiser Infrared hearing enhancement system operates at the New Wolsey Theatre. Headsets are available from the Ticket Desk, 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.

By Train

‘You can get to Ipswich 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!

If you’re North of us then Norwich and Peterborough also offer a frequent service to Ipswich.
Check times and prices at: nationalrail.co.uk


We recommend the 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 not apply. You can also drop off outside the New Wolsey Studio on St George’s Street or the High Street Exhibition Gallery on Museum Street.

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