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

2019/07/23

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!


2019/05/14

Hello Internet;

What have I done with my first day off in over a month you ask? Read. It’s raining out so I can't paint outside. I’ve cleaned the house and cooked dinner. The laundry is done. So all that’s left is the snuggle up with a book. Today I’m cracking open a book that has been sat on my shelf for over a year. Theatre Without Borders by Robert Astle. I bought this copy at Owls Nest Book Store before it closed its doors forever.

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Here’s the bio:

Who are the artists who are currently invigorating Canadian theatre? They are the artists who come to the theatre through the “back door” — eccentrics, absurdists, puppeteers, clowns, raconteurs, and solo performance artists who are looking at our place in the world through physical comedy, satire, subversive humour, ingenuity. Their creations are generous, inventive and always infused with a high level of virtuosity. Much of this work is “borderless” — that is to say it breaks down the borders between the public and performer — mocking our preoccupations and pretensions, communicating stories with images, allusion, metaphor and unforgettable characters that fully engage the audience.

The artists profiled in this lively book have toured their works extensively, have performed to audiences around the globe to great acclaim and have influenced young performers through teaching and performance.

Through in-depth interviews, photographs and representative texts, readers are also given the opportunity to be introduced to an astounding cross-section of influential English and French Canadian performance artists who are truly creating theatre without borders.

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