TNB Announces First Show of 22/23 Season

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Theatre New Brunswick will launch its first full season of theatre since 2019 with the world premiere production of Bluebirds by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen. 

Theatre New Brunswick’s first show of the year will be the world premiere production of Bluebirds, by Governor General Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen.

Set in Étaples, France in 1918, Bluebirds tells the story of nurses Christy, Maggie, and Bab who have crossed oceans to care for wounded Canadian soldiers in the Great War. Despite the terrible injuries they must deal with, they manage to stay hopeful as the dangers of the front draw closer to their hospital. Through it all, the three women find friendship, independence, power, and influence in a place where men, once again, are trying to destroy the world.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to producing theatre,” said Natasha MacLellan, TNB’s Artistic and Executive Director. “We had so much fun with last year’s holiday show, reconnecting with audiences and seeing a story come to life on stage. With Bluebirds, we hope to build on that energy while also getting back on the road bringing theatre to audiences across the province.”

Bluebirds was one of the plays workshopped during TNB’s first Fall Festival of New Plays back in October of 2020.

This world premiere production will be directed by MacLellan and feature three New Brunswick-born actors: Kirsten Alter (Come Down From Up River, It’s A Wonderful Life), Mélanie LeBlanc (Heroine) and Sharisse LeBrun (Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley).

This production will see TNB return to province-wide touring with performances in Fredericton, Campbellton, Moncton, Saint John, St. Andrews and Florenceville-Bristol-Bristol. 

Today’s announcement is the first of many season announcements TNB plans to share during the month of June.  

Tickets for Bluebirds are on sale now. Visit for for complete details. 

Upcoming Performances: 

October 26-30 | Fredericton, NB
November 1 | Campbellton, NB
November 2 | Moncton, NB
November 3 | Saint John, NB
November 4 | St. Andrews, NB
November 5 | Florenceville-Bristol, NB

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