About the Festival

PULSE Festival is a part curated, part open application 10-day festival curated by Festival Directors, China Plate. The Festival focuses on new and innovative approaches, offering a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre and performance.

An essential date on the theatrical calendar…

The Guardian Guide

The festival provides a platform for the development and presentation of new work by regional, British and international artists of vision, and aims to nurture artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. PULSE presents work across a variety of genres, from comedy to dance and everything in between, in various forms from tour-ready work to rehearsed readings, and works at an advanced stage of development.

PULSE includes two key development initiatives, the Suitcase Prize and Scratch Day.

The Suitcase Prize aims at encouraging theatre makers to think in an environmentally and economically sustainable way, the work can be a finished piece or work in progress and the only stipulation is that it must be able to travel on public transport in luggage carried by the people taking part in the piece. The Suitcase Prize will award £1000 to a bold and adventurous idea, with all artists shortlisted for the prize also having the opportunity to present their work-in-progress at the Festival.

Scratch Day supports and showcases new works-in-progress of 60-minutes or less from artists exploring new practice and new ideas, providing a vital development platform for works-in-progress.

Applications to take part in PULSE Festival open in the Autumn each year via an online portal on the PULSE website.

More information available here.

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2017

We're delighted to announce the first 10 brilliant productions in the PULSE 2017 programme are now on sale.

Tell Me Anything | On The Run

Friday 2 June, 8pm

The Shape of the Pain | China Plate & Rachel Bagshaw
Saturday 3 June, 7pm

Ugly Chief | Victoria Melody
Sunday 3 June, 7.30pm

Bubble Schmesis | Nick Cassenbaum
Monday 5 June, 8pm

My World has Exploded a Little Bit | Natural Shocks
Monday 5 June, 9.30pm

The Road to Huntsville | Stephanie Ridings
Tuesday 6 June, 8pm

Am I Dead Yet? | Unlimited
Wednesday 7 June, 8pm

The Duke | Hoipolloi
Friday 9 June, 8pm

Heads Up | Show and Tell & Keiran Hurley
Friday 9 June, 9.30pm

Golem | 1927
Saturday 10 June, 7pm
 

PULSE 2016

Pulse 2016 artists & companies

ANDY SMITH & FUEL

VERITY STANDEN

GAME SHOW

SINGLE SHOE PRODUCTIONS

SHOW AND TELL

PAULING MAYERS

LITTLE MIGHTY

SARAH BLANC

CAROLINE HORTON

THIS EGG

TWO DESTINATION LANGUAGE

SHOW AND TELL

THE PRETEND MEN

RACHEL BAGSHAW

TAKING FLIGHT

FRA MARTO

RICHARD CHILVER

FIGS IN WIGS

BRYON VINCENT

JOHN OSBOURNE

JAMAL HAREWOOD

MADE IN CHINA

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT

SCRATCHWORKS

FULL PELT THEATRE

PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW

WORKLIGHT THEATRE

BUCKET CLUB

BREACH

PROTO-TYPE THEATRE

BARREL ORGAN

SH!T THEATRE

VINCENT GAMBINI

JAMIE WOOD

WARDROBE ENSEMBLE

LUCY J SKILBECK

ANNIE SIDDONS

THE FLANAGAN COLLECTIVE

RHIANNON FAITH

THE HICCUP PROJECT

EASTERN ANGLES

CORBY CORE

URSULA MARTINEZ

NIGEL & LOUISE

VICTORIA MELODY

GECKO

ALEXANDER KELLY

SPY MONKEY & TIM CROUCH

Pulse 2015

Pulse 2015 Artists & Companies

ACTION HERO
ALL-IN PRODUCTIONS
ANNIE SIDDONS
ANTLER
BOOTWORKS THEATRE
BREAD&CIRCUSES
BUDDUG JAMES JONES COLLECTIVE
CHRISTOPHER BRETT BAILEY
CHRIS GOODE & COMPANY
CRYING OUTLOUD
DISPLACE YOURSELF THEATRE
EGGS COLLECTIVE
THE DEAF AND HEARING ENSEMBLE WITH ERIN HUTCHING
FIGS IN WIGS
FINGERSMITHS
FLIGHT OF THE ESCALES










FRANCESCA BEARD
FUEL
GIDDY AUNT
GREG WOHEAD
GREYSCALE THEATRE COMPANY
HOUNDED
IDLE MOTION
IGOR AND MORENO
IRA BRAND
JACKAGBRITTON
LOST DOG
KATE O'DONNELL
KAZUKO HOHKI
KID CARPET
KILN
KRISTINA GAVRAN
LAURA DANNEQUIN










METIS
MONSTRO
MOVE TO STAND AND LITTLE MIGHTY
OLD TRUNK
PAINES PLOUGH / PENTABUS THEATRE CO.
PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW
ROWAN JAMES
SH!T THEATRE
SPITZ & CO.
SUE MACLAINE
THIS THEATRE
TIATA FAHODZI
TIM CROUCH
2MAGPIES THEATRE
URBAN FOXES COLLECTIVE

 

Spring Festivals Commission 2015: Sprint, Watch Out, Mayfest, Pulse and Latitude Festival

 

Pulse 2014

PULSE 2014 Artists and Companies included...

BRYONY KIMMINGS

ANALOGUE 

EASTERN ANGLES

SEARCH PARTY 

MADE IN CHINA 

WENDY HOUSTOUN

HETAIN PATEL

FRANCESCA MILLICAN-SLATER

BABAKAS 

ANNIE SIDDONS

GREYSCALE 

BRIAN LOBEL 

SELINA THOMPSON

SUE MACLAINE 

NEW ART CLUB

GAGGBLEBABBLE

2014 Suitcase Prize winners

ANTLER

Pulse 2013

PULSE 2013 Artists and Companies included...

GECKO 

TALKING BIRDS 

LUCY ELLINSON

MADE IN CHINA 

CAROLINE HORTON

VICTORIA MELODY

CHRIS GOODE

MARK THOMAS

DANIEL BYE 

CHRIS THORPE 

ACTION HERO

URSULA MARTINEZ

2013 Suitcase Prize winners

TWO DESTINATION LANGUAGE

Open for Bookings

WhenWhere
26th May 2016 - 4th Jun 2016Pulse Festival - New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich