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

2019/07/24

Hello Internet;

Grey Rabbit Theatre Co is proud to be producing "The Host" written by Thomas MacDougall and Directed by Esther Soucoup. This show will premier at this years Fundy Fringe Show in Saint John New Brunswick August 20th-24th

We are looking for volunteer* performers 18+. Don't be afraid to come and try your hand out the fabulous world of fringe theater and be a part of this great festival.

-->Auditions will take place Wednesday and Saturday at Memorial Hall in the basement. Sides will be provided. Please contact laurabethbird@greyrabbittheatreco.com to book your audition time,

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*The company cannot insure a wage. All fringe fest income is reliant on ticket sales. If the show makes a profit, it will be split between performers and crew.


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!


2019/07/22

Hello internet;

I'm back from an “almost” vacation. We took a trip to see my partners family in PEI and my family in Saint John. We ended the trip with one of my favorite latest events to hit the New Brunswick Bay, The Moonlight Bazaar.

This new arts and culture event is in its second year. It's organized by Civilized in partnership with many uptown businesses. They inflate a giant moon and hang it between buildings. They shut down the street and cover it with grass. There are vendors and artists and murals and performers. It's a great night.

Laura-Beth Bird. Moonlight Bazaar. 2019. Photo Credit: Phillip Curley

Laura-Beth Bird. Moonlight Bazaar. 2019. Photo Credit: Phillip Curley

It's on my yearly “to-do” list. Congratulations Uptown Saint John.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/07/15

Hello Internet;

I’m taking my summer vacation from July 15th-July 20th! That means I’m putting my laptop down for a week and i wont be posting.

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VACATION

Photo Credit: Google images

See ya soon,

-Laura-Beth Bird

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

2019/07/10

Hello Internet;

i didn’t get a whole lot of art done today, I ended up passing out burgers and promoting Peterbuilt trucks at the Nackawick mill. Sometimes you need to work for the paychecks.

-Laura-Beth Bird

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

2019/07/08

Hello Internet;

Here are some photo’s from this Sundays performance of Meatball the Cat and Maria Maria.

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Maria Maria. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Maria Maria. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Thanks to Fredericton Arts Alliance for hosting Solo Chicken Productionsand Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. for a residency where we collaborated to create the new shadow show, Meatball the Cat. And a huge thanks the Bibliothèque publique de Fredericton Public Library for hosting the show on Sunday. Meatball the Cat will be hitting the stage once again in September for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Family Day. Thanks to performers Laura-beth Bird, Dustyn Forbes, Kira Chisholm and Naomi Thais Mercedes McGowan for creating this magical little work.- Lisa Anne Ross. Co-Artistic Director of Solo Chicken Productions.

-Laura-Beth Bird

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