PULSE Festival 2020



Unfortunately Pulse Festival 2020 cannot take place and we are currently not accepting open call applications. Please watch this space though for new dates for 2021.

Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus and the current government advice, we have taken the necessary decision to cancel activity for 2020. We’re sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience that this may cause, but this unprecedented situation has forced us to prioritise the health and safety of our performers, audiences, and staff.

We can’t predict the future, but we can assure artists, practitioners, and producers that when we are able to recommence we will continue to provide a platform for established and emerging artists to make and share their work, and to connect that work to Ipswich audiences.

As theatre makers we’re good at imagining possibilities, and that can lead us to a lot of anxiety in a situation like this – so with that in mind, we want to offer you the space to continue to explore your creative projects, share your thoughts, and talk to someone who understands the challenges your are facing. If you’d like a chat over the phone contact the festival team to book a call and we’ll come back to you as soon as we’re able.


Festival Director                       Rob Salmon             rsalmon@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Festival Producer                     Sophie Flack            sflack@wolseytheatre.co.uk


We were really looking forward to bringing you our 20th anniversary festival, but for now take care of yourselves, and stay safe.


General Information about the Festival:

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:

  • SUMMER BREAK: a 4-day snapshot of the best small-scale work currently being presented, at various stages of development.
  • AUTUMN WEEKENDER: a 2-day programme of work, which reflects key themes that the theatre sector is actively addressing.
  • OFF-SITE: A short programme of events presented in alternative spaces around the town throughout the year.


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!

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. *These are not available at the moment.*



For more information on how to apply or just to have a chat about your show, please reach the Pulse Team via email at pulse@wolseytheatre.co.uk


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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
Sun 31 May

£15 for the whole day.

Scratch Day
Mon 01 June

£5 per session

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.

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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