Orpheus and Eurydice – Pulse Fringe Festival, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

A mad dash across town for the second show in this year’s Pulse Fringe Festival. The New Wolsey Theatre has been exploring the fusion of Circus and Theatre to create a new physical theatre style.

Using the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice the team have created a multimedia 30 minute spectacle that holds attention throughout. The myth has been updated, Eurydice is now a supermodel and her lover a Robbie Williams inspired rocker.

Using highly effective lighting, soundscape, video and aerial work the team have created an impressive show, even more remarkable considering the short development time the team have had.

Although a work in progress, this is an assured production by all involved, performers and technical crew – unfortunately they will have to remain un-named as the Theatre hasn’t produced a programme or cast list for the show.

Perhaps the show doesn’t quite fit comfortably into the New Wolsey Theatre main house but it is an impressive example of how the two genres can work together. The post show discussion shows that the opening night audience see a future for this piece and so it will be interesting to see what direction it takes post Pulse.

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