2019/07/06

Hello Internet;

Today was spent building the puppet theater. A huge thank you to Alex Pannier and Bard in the Barracks for providing jacks and braces for the project. I spent time pleating and stapling velvet while Solo Chicken rehearsed the shows.

Puppet Theatre. FAA Residency. 2019

Puppet Theatre. FAA Residency. 2019

Meatball the Cat and Maria Maria are being shown tomorrow at 2:30 pm at the Fredericton Public Library. This is the first version and an entertaining 20 minutes. It has been an interesting and experimental week in the Barracks, and I'm glad for the opportunity to work with Solo Chicken.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/06/21

Hello Internet;

Something fun is opening up this weekend! Bard in the Barracks opens it’s two shows, Measure for Measure and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Maybe I will catch you there this weekend. See the show descriptions below and catch a couple of my props in the park.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's most popular and best-known comedy, a tale of magic, mischievous fairies, and love lost and found on a charmed and chaotic summer night in the woods.

Set in the Hollywood "dream factory" of the mid twentieth century and performed in the thick woods of beautiful Odell Park under some of the largest and oldest trees in New Brunswick, Bard in the Barrack's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be pure magic. Enjoy music, song, and dance, including selections from some of the best-loved numbers of such classics movie musicals as Singing in the Rain and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, bringing the Bard to a new life as the sun sets on a beautiful Fredericton evening.

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s “problem comedy,” is an enigmatic tale wrought from the materials of tragedy, offering a frank and remarkably contemporary treatment of love and lust, gender and power, and the inscrutable complexities of the human heart.

Staged in the shadow of the Justice Building and set in the 1960s, a time of fast-changing mores around sexuality and personal freedom, this new production of a fascinating play is also inspired by its relevance to our time. Measure for Measure emerges as Shakespeare’s #MeToo play: sexual coercion, abuse of authority, and the limits of justice and mercy are just some of the 21st-century issues it explores. Join us at the Barracks for a rollercoaster of a story that is as entertaining as it is provocative.
Tickets are by donation during previews. Pay What Thou Wilt!

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Alex Rioux. A Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019. Photo Credit: Matt Carter

Alex Rioux. A Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019. Photo Credit: Matt Carter

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/06/10

Hello Internet;

This weekend, I spent some time at the workshop in Memorial Hall to do an 8X8 mural of the Egyptian pyramids. This painting will be used in this season's production of A Midsummers Night Dream produced by Bard in the Barracks. Here’s a sneak peek at the almost finished work.

Egypt. Latex on Canvas. Laura-Beth Bird. A Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019

Egypt. Latex on Canvas. Laura-Beth Bird. A Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019

Make sure you catch this show going up in Odell park.

-Laura-Beth Bird


2019/06/04

Hello Internet;

Now that I am done celebrating my birthday (until Ribfest) I am willing to discuss my work over the weekend… Ahem…

As many of you know I worked with Bard in the Barracks and NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival last summer. This year, I have been commissioned to do some larger, more time-consuming props. These props are an 8X8 canvas of Egypt and a giant flower.

I’ve been working on the flower. The petals require hand stitching because I don’t have a machine that can withstand the chicken wire inside. The needles may break and it will take me more time to fix the needles than I have. Know that I have been sat watching Rom-Coms and spending hours of my life stitching for your the enjoyment of outdoor theater.

Flower Seat in Progress. Laura-Beth Bird. Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019.

Flower Seat in Progress. Laura-Beth Bird. Midsummer Nights Dream. Bard in the Barracks. 2019.

-Laura-Beth Bird