PULSE Festival 2020
PULSE Fest returns Thu 4 to Sun 7 June!
PULSE is an actively curated festival providing an environment for participating artists to develop, grow and connect with audiences, each other and the arts industry. Pulse Fest is a mixture of work sourced through an open call application process (see below) and invited work.
This is a big year for us, not just because we’re turning 20, but because we’re changing from a 10-day annual festival to a year-round programme of work. That way we’re increasing our ability to connect more people with what we present, providing a wider range of artists with the opportunity to be programmed, and continuing to contribute to the best contemporary theatre and performance being made, talked about and seen in Ipswich.
We now have three new programming strands:
Like our festival, our application is also changing. The application process is now open all year, with key deadlines for each strand of activity. It’s the same form for each strand, but you will need to consider the different points of reference in your responses. We’re also keen to reduce the size of the application, so we’ve increased the programming criteria to make it more transparent, and we’ll be asking for applications to be completed in two tiered stages.
STAGE 1 asks for initial info that helps us get a sense of what your show entails. Sadly, we can’t fit all STAGE 1 applications into our programme but don’t worry, we will still let you know if we are unable to progress your application this time around.
STAGE 2 applications require some beefier information, such as additional company info as well as your tech specs or marketing collateral. Please note that we will require images and credits in this STAGE 2 application. It is also worth noting that the image you submit can be changed at a later date, but any image you provide can be considered for our print!
APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER BREAK 2020 SHOULD BE SUBMITTED NOW WITH THE STAGE 1 DEADLINE ON MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2020 AT 5PM.
Please download the APPLICATION NOTES and a copy of the APPLICATION QUESTIONS (STAGES 1 & 2) to get an idea of both stages of the application ahead of time.
To download the 2020 STAGE 1 APPLICATION FORM, click here.
THE SUMMER BREAK APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE:
STAGE 1 call opens Wed 04/12/2020
STAGE 1 deadline Mon 03/02/2020
STAGE 1 programming Fri 14/02/2020
STAGE 2 call opens Sat 15/02/2020
STAGE 2 call deadline Mon 24/02/2020
FINAL programming deadline (where all festival shows are finalised) Fri 06/03/2020
Print sign-off deadline Fri 27/03/2020
Summer Break on sale Sat 18/04/2020
For more information on how to apply or just to have a chat about your show, please reach the Pulse Team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting at: £10
Under 26 starting at: £5
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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.
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.
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
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.
‘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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