2019/08/02

Hello Internet;

NotaBle Acts is coming to an end. It’s been a busy week. A huge thank you to Brandon Hicks for writing a ten minute short that I was able to direct - with puppets! I felt the forever puppeteer words come out of my mouth. Focus, open your armpits and personal space is a myth. I am very proud of Kayla, Garret, and Diana for sticking through the 30+ degree week holding a 3/4 garbage puppet.

Garrett and Diana. The Hoard. NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. 2019

Garrett and Diana. The Hoard. NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. 2019

I was also able to take part in the one-acts. Gullywhump by Greg Everett was staged in Memorial Hall for the end of the festival. I was asked to take part in the production because of my puppetry interests. I wore the hottest monster suit of my life and had a blast Gullywhumping (now a verb) around.

Scott and Laura-Beth Bird. Gullywhump. NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. 2019.  Photo Credit: Matt Carter.

Scott and Laura-Beth Bird. Gullywhump. NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. 2019. Photo Credit: Matt Carter.

Finally, I was able to take part in the reading of brand new work, Queen James (and all of his men) written by the dramaturge in residence Rob Kempson.

I cant wait to see what New Brunswick has to offer next year.

-Laura-Beth Bird

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!


2019/07/11

Hello Internet;

Today I am writing to you from one of my favorite Fredericton hidey-holes, the biology building greenhouse. It’s about to pour down with rain. I'm in a glass building full of orange trees and tropical flowers. It smells amazing in here. I love this place. It’s always empty in the summer. I can sit at a chess table and work.

UNB 2019

UNB 2019

I'm waiting for the read-through of a NotaBle Acts one-act show, The Gullywhump by Greg Everett. This is one of the few shows I didn’t get a chance to read. I'm excited to meet the cast for the first time and hear this horror.

I'm also directing a lunchtime short, The Hoard by Brandon Hicks. A short comedy with a garbage puppet. There's nothing I don't like about it. I hope you all come out to see it.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/04/03

Hello Internet;

I would like to remind you of a great thing that happens every year in Fredericton, NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. This festival is open to New Brunswick playwrights looking to get new and exciting work out into the community.

The call for submissions is out, and the deadline is Shakespeare birthday (April 23rd)! There’s still time to clean up an old script that has been sat on your hard drive, you know, that script that has been waiting for the right opportunity? There are multiple categories that fit any length of play. Click the link to read more about it.

https://nbacts.com/playwriting-contest/

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NotaBle Acts has a special place in my heart. I came to the company with a PETL grant in hand, begging for work. Len Falkenstein took a chance on me last summer, without knowing any of my work. I was placed with a team under the guidance of Mike Johnston. I was able to work for them for 6 months, staging two Bard in the Barracks shows, sixteen shows with NotaBle Acts and ending the term with A Life of Galileo in the Black Box Theatre.

NotaBle Acts gave me a foot in the door and has helped me grow my community and portfolio. I am now a board member with the festival and really encourage anyone to get involved. If you are not a playwright, there are still opportunities for actors and directors later in the year. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page.

-Laura-Beth Bird