Hello Internet;

What am I currently working on you ask?

This fall Theatre St. Thomas is staging A Life of Galileo by Brecht. Directed by Dr Robin Whittaker, alongside the technical direction of Chris Saad, and the extremely capable stage management of Wei Qing Tan.

It promises to be an epic piece of theatre.

I am building props and doing the scenic painting. I usually hide backstage and build whatever the show requires. While I’m building the bigger, more time demanding pieces like telescopes and solar systems, the stage crew is building the smaller props like books and stained papers.

It takes a whole army of people backstage to build a show, and in the true Brecht-ian fashion Dr Robin Whittaker has shown all means of production. The Crew will be visible on stage, the audience will be able to see all the costumes and props and the actors will be visible while they are not acting. This means the actors and crew never truly leave the stage until the show is finished. Different eh?

I do enjoy this work, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to spend the last 6 months doing this kind of thing for various shows. So, as A Life of Galileo opens, I will say goodbye to my time working for NotaBle Acts and hope to explore more work like this in the future.

-Laura-Beth Bird

“Directed by Dr. Whittaker and translated by acclaimed British playwright Mark Ravenhill, Brecht’s A Life of Galileo runs in STU’s Black Box Theatre November 21-24, 2018 at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2:00pm. $10 regular / $5 students & seniors.”