From the Pulse festival in Ipswich to Brighton's 5x5, regional theatre is reaching beyond the mainstream.
This article titled “The future is micro: how small theatres are becoming cradles of innovation” was written by Lyn Gardner, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 26th May 2011 17.13 UTC
Keep It Local is the title of a debate that just took place at the New Wolsey in Ipswich, to kick off the Pulse festival, a 10-day extravaganza of new work from a wide range of artists and companies, many of whom have links with the east of England. The question is whether the streets of London are paved with gold for artists, and organisers hope to identify the role regional theatre can play in nurturing innovative new work and developing companies. It's a timely debate, because there appears to be some kind of shift happening: a change in the places new and often non-text-based or devised work is being made and seen.