Pulse festival hailed as huge success

ORGANISERS of this year's Pulse 08 Fringe Festival have hailed the event as a success and are today preparing for next year's event.Produced by Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre, bosses said the festival was the most successful ever with audience numbers exceeding all expectations.

James Marston

ORGANISERS of this year's Pulse 08 Fringe Festival have hailed the event as a success and are today preparing for next year's event.

Produced by Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre, bosses said the festival was the most successful ever with audience numbers exceeding all expectations.

Pulse O8 opened on May 29 with Beachy Head by Analogue Theatre and ended on 14 June with Bacchic.

The festival included physical theatre, drama, new writing, dance, performance poetry, comedy, visual art, music and audio-visual computer performance.

Festival director Stephen Freeman said: “We have had so many sell-out events this year with waiting lists on many but I think the audience's response to the work has been the most rewarding thing for me.

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“We had hundreds of applications and we clearly chose well because the feedback we have had is almost entirely positive.

“It's impossible to see everything because on some evenings there were events at three different venues, which created a genuine 'festival vibe' in the town, but highlights for me include Beachy Head, Slideshow and The Naked Soul of Kirkgodless.”

With 31 ticketed events and four exhibitions, Pulse 08 sold just under 3,000 tickets.

New Wolsey Chief Executive Sarah Holmes said the eastern region has become an important platform for new and emerging talent through the festival.

She added: “Pulse is highly regarded on the fringe circuit and is a stepping-stone for many companies en-route to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“I love that Pulse gives audiences in the eastern region an opportunity to see work which might otherwise not visit the region and they can, through feedback sessions, contribute towards the development of work, a fact they have really enjoyed in Pulse 08.”

Organisers are keen to hear from companies interested in taking part in PULSE 09.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to pulse@wolseytheatre.co.uk and the application form will be available at www.pulsefringe.com later in the summer.

What was your favourite performance at Pulse 08? What did you think of the festival? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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