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

2019/05/14

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.

2019/05/13

Hello Internet;

After puppet school for three weeks and Dramafest for 6 days, my back was killing me. At first, I chalked it up to the change in beds and all the standing at the festival. Today, I gave in and let my partner book me into a masseuse. I'm sure he was getting tired of my whining. The masseuse worked through my body and kneaded the tension out of my back.

We talked through what was affecting where. Lifting the puppets put tension in my neck, and more noticeably on my left side because I am right hand dominant. I had tension in my shoulders from stress and posture and in my lower back from lifting things.

Generally, I just try to get work done. I stretch before rehearsals but I rarely stretch before lifting sets. I guess I'm getting older and my body can't do what it could years ago. That's something I need to accept. My body is my tool for work, and I need to take care of it more.

Laura-Beth Bird

Laura-Beth Bird

-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

2018/10/24

Hello internet;

I would like to share my journey as an emerging artist with you all. I am not eloquent, or fancy, or a fantastic published writer but I am a keen learner. As I begin to build a lifetime of work, I am consistently advised to throw open the doors and let the public in - to see the nitty-gritty ugly stuff. so, I’m peeling back the polished show layer to pre-production so that I can help others like myself. Rationalizing it with a key artistic principle I firmly believe in. Sharing knowledge.

I am at the “figure it out” point in my career, and I am told that this feeling will last right until I’m done. My community of artists and business mentors have helped me learn everything from painting techniques to script analysis, spreadsheets to taxes. I am very thankful to them all, and I know I still learn so much more.

As artists we create work from the influence of everything around us, be it art shows at big fancy galleries, or the colour of soup. The structured education of a conservatory program or the joy of simply playing.  I am no different. When I build a show or paint a set, I feel like I am building a universe. Each thing in that universe is curated and each movement belongs in that world.

So, from here forward, I welcome you to Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. and the world we will create…together.

-          Laura-Beth Bird

photo by: Gavin Reid. Source: The Aquinian