2019/07/30

Hello Internet;

Theatre sometimes means being uncomfortable making your art, mentally and physically. Today, two casts and one crew sat through 30-degree heat (which felt like 40+ degrees with humidity in a non-air-conditioned room with show lights running) to do a tech run. They even asked me to wear the bare minimum for my costume for safety.

Brenna Gauthier and Laura-Beth Bird. Gullywhump. Photo Credit: Miguel Roy

Brenna Gauthier and Laura-Beth Bird. Gullywhump. Photo Credit: Miguel Roy

Gullywhump opens Thursday night everyone. Come see me sweat.

2019/07/29

Hello Internet;

Today was the first of the 10 minutes show of the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. I was lucky enough to direct one of the lunchtime shorts. “The Hoard” by Brandon Hicks is a fun, garbage littered puppet show. You can catch this, and 3 more 10 minutes play Tuesday and Wednesday evening, and Thursday and Friday at noon. All staged outside the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. It’s Free as well.

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-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/07/23

Hello Internet;

Today marked the launch of the 2019 NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. It kicked off with the main stage production of Fruit Machine, co-created by Alex Rioux and Sam Crowell under Solo Chicken Productions. I have seen it in all stages and was able to costume this final installation of the work. I will be able to see it in all its glory this Thursday night. I suggest everyone gets out to see this work. It is a phenomenal piece of physical theater and so important for queer and Canadian history.

The festivals launch party also featured a reading of S.C.O.P.E by Jean-Michelle Cliche alongside a few beers at the Grad House. S.C.O.P.E is an A.I looking human connection through short monologues. A beautiful and simple glimpse into humanity.

S.C.O.P.E Jean-Michelle Cliche. NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. The Grad House. 2019.

S.C.O.P.E Jean-Michelle Cliche. NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. The Grad House. 2019.

Make sure you get out and see some theater this week!


2019/07/09

Hello Internet;

The last two days, I have been lucky enough to be involved with Solo Chicken Productions latest community outreach program, The Spirit Project. It has been an eye-opening and wonderful few afternoons.

The Spirit Project is a joint venture between Solo Chicken and L’Arche Fredericton to bring art to people of all abilities. This project spans visual art, improv, film making, and music and finds sensory friendly ways to explore creation. Want to learn more? Visit http://www.solochickenproductions.com/the-spirit-project

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-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/05/27

Hello Internet;

This weekend I headed down to Saint John to finish the second weekend of shooting for Cori Brownlee’s short, Distortion.

Slate. 2019

Slate. 2019

The Fredericton skeleton crew packed up into the most impractical Jeep Wrangler we could have possibly rented and headed down to Saint John for a for the day. We had to come up for a solution for a 360 degree shot on a dining table. This is our solution, a rotating microwave plate. We made it level with a pizza stone. I think we all agree that we are guests.

Jon Blizzard. John Thornton. Laura-Beth Bird. May 2019.

Jon Blizzard. John Thornton. Laura-Beth Bird. May 2019.

Distortion Shoot. 2019

Distortion Shoot. 2019

We then headed uptown for some shots at the InterACTION Theatre. The theatre is a Blackbox like room, converted from an old church. The building has some beautiful stained glass and yellow tinted windows. I got to know some of the staff at the theater and the programs they provide to the community. They’re pretty cool. If you're in the region, look them up.

John Thornton. Jon Blizzard. May 2019.

John Thornton. Jon Blizzard. May 2019.

InterACTION Theatre. May 2019.

InterACTION Theatre. May 2019.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/05/17

Hello Internet;

So a thing is beginning to happen in Fredericton that I love, critical reviews. Fredericton is a small community, and reviewers began to get in the habit of writing reviews that would step on any toes. This happened because we all work together, and we didn’t want to hinder our chances of more work. This is beginning to change, and it started with Swipers by Corinski Nowlan, a show that divided audiences.

Being cautious doesn’t help growth in our community. As far as I’m concerned, critique is part of being an artist. Being able to accept it and learn from it is a part of personal and professional growth. I’m happy to see reviews that not only challenge theater but inform the reader.

Check out this fresh air in the theatre community:

https://stureviews.wordpress.com/

https://joyfulmagpies.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sweettreviews/

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/05/07

Hello Internet;

This week I’m at St Thomas University for this year's Drama Fest. This event brings 1300 students from across the province to Fredericton NB. Middle and high school students present their 25-60 minute shows on one of the three stages. These shows are then judged by theatre professionals that grew up in this province.

This year, I’m in the Black Box stage managing the shows. So far, I’ve only seen the middle schools perform, and they have brought a variety. There have been puppet shows, original works and student directed pieces. The sets have blown me away and I’ve seen a whole array of headpieces. It's only day two.

Dramafest 2019.

Dramafest 2019.

Interested in learning more? Visit https://www.nbdramafest.com/

-Laura-Beth Bird



2019/04/08

Hello Internet;

Today I am writing from the beautiful city of Charlottetown PEI, hiding on the top for of #receivercoffee with my laptop. My partner had a series of business meetings this morning so I tagged along for some great coffee and a chance to visit local galleries in the area.

Receiver Coffee. Charlottetown PEI 2019

Receiver Coffee. Charlottetown PEI 2019

Charlottetown PEI 2019

Charlottetown PEI 2019

Fredericton’s weekend was as jam-packed as ever.

On Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to be on Gia Milani’s short film set filming here in Fredericton. I put on my funeral clothes and joined them at St. Anne’s Church on George Street for a little bit of background work.

Script 2019

Script 2019

On Saturday evening The Muse Cafe hosted the Playwrights' Cabaret, featuring writers from across the region and presenting sections of their latest plays. I, unfortunately, snuck in halfway through because of a board meeting. I managed to catch some works that were being presented at Fundy Fringe Fest, Ryan Griffith’s hit new work Fortune of Wolves and Cole, a new work from Sackville New Brunswick.

Playwrights' Cabaret 2019

Playwrights' Cabaret 2019

It’s always great to see whats being created around the region, and to catch up with the creatives scattered across the province.

Now, I’m off to enjoy Downtown Charlottetown and catch some great art!

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/04/01

Hello Internet;

Saturday Canadian Pole Sports Federation held their annual competition at Ecole Saint Anne right here in Fredericton. Pole Sport and Pole Art divisions from across Canada and Japan competed for their shot at POSA worlds. 6 year old to 50+ divisions took to the stage to test their ariel abilities.

Maki Morishima and Keiko Takemoto stole the show with their closing performance in the international doubles competition. Not only was their piece culturally reflective, but it also brought new transitions and tricks to the stage.

Maki Morishima and Keiko Takemoto

Maki Morishima and Keiko Takemoto

Pole athletes have been fighting the stigma of sexualization of the sport for years. 2019 took a step forward with this problem with the recognition of government parties. This year, the City of Fredericton (who notoriously bulldozed strip joints and permanently ban these kinds of establishments) came forward and helped fun the 2019 competitions. They even bought the truss system for CPSF and donated funding to the event. Thanks to Fredericton Sports Tourism, CPSF is now hosting 2020 WORLDS here in Fredericton with over 300 competitors from around the world.

Well done CPSF President Ashley Wiggins and her amazing team. It’s amazing to see what can happen in just 3 years.

-Laura-Beth Bird