The Debriefing


Twitter comment, @CaseFile319After six sold out shows at the 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival, Bob Shirley got what he was always destined to and the Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy packed itself up and moved out of Studio Leonard-Beaulne a mere two weeks after it moved in.

This post, really, is simply me saying how grateful I am for having won the chance to put The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy together.

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Photos: Random photos from the production.


One final photo gallery for you. These are a selection of random photos taken behind the scenes at various stages of the production of the Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy. Thanks for a great run, Ottawa Fringe.

Because it’s a pretty big gallery, click here to open it up.

Photos: Final Shots


On the day of our last show, June 30th, 2013, we took some time to take some archival photos with characters in full dress. Here are some of the photos from that shoot.

Because it’s a pretty big gallery, click here to open it up.

Director’s Note:


It all started with the title.

The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy :: Press the ButtonWhen I put in for the Fringe lottery, there were a half-dozen show possibilities I had in mind. When I actually won, I realized I wasn’t really into any of them. Some I just didn’t feel passionately enough about and others I knew I wasn’t ready to tackle yet.

Then while out one day, The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy popped into my head. I’d heard it previously as a line on a television program, sarcastically referencing a department investigating the paranormal things, and I noted it for later use. Apparently now was later.

That title merged itself immediately with something else I’d always wanted to do which was some form of Canada’s answer to Doctor Who. Those two thoughts gave birth to the challenge of bringing the character of a television program like Doctor Who to the stage.  A high-energy, borderline absurd, madcap adventure with a lot of heart

Now here we are six months later with a fast-paced show you wouldn’t be wrong to call ambitious. Sixteen costume changes and seven set changes for six different sets across four universes, all in an hour, and the show never slows down or stops. The only reason it all came together was thanks to the hard work of a main cast of five, an ensemble of eight beyond that, and crew enough to bring the total number of people who’ve worked on this show to more than twenty.

It’s thanks entirely to the effort and dedication of every one of them that The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy has become everything I envisioned it to be when I first started writing. If you thought from anything you’ve heard about the show that you’d enjoy it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. They’ve ensured that. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

2 Minutes with Laura Hall


Laura Hall plays Alexia Ashford in The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy. Here, in this short video interview, you can learn a bit about both of them.


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Photos: Tech and move in.


On June 19th, the day before Fringe launch, we moved into our venue and had three hours to do everything we needed to do. We took the first two hours to get everything set up and still had time for a full run through of the show. Here are a few exciting photos from that.

Because it’s a pretty big gallery, click here to open it up.

Photos: Dress Rehearsal


Here are a few photos from our second-to-last rehearsal (full dress) on June 17th, 2013.

Because it’s a pretty big gallery, click here to open it up.

2 Minutes with Chris Cottrell


Chris Cottrell plays Sean Hart in The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy. Here, in this short video interview, you can learn a bit about both of them.


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2 Minutes with Meghan Murphy


Meghan Murphy plays Ashley Sheridan in The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy. Here, in this short video interview, you can learn a bit about both of them.


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Photos: Behind the scenes of our promo video.


Here’s a score of photos from behind the scenes of our promo video shoot. Shot over 2 days as a prologue to the events in the play, Case File 318 puts our intrepid federal officers on the trail of some out-of-time Chasmosaurs and end up stranded in 65 million BC. But while they’re running around in the distant past, some very important folk are making very important decisions about their future back in the present. The video’s coming in a few days, but in the mean time, here’s some photos:

Because it’s a pretty big gallery, click here to open it up.

2 Minutes With Katie Volkert


Katie Volkert plays the Baroness in The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy. Here, in this short video interview, you can learn a bit about both of them.


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2 Minutes with Bob Shirley


Ron Langton plays Bob Shirley in The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy. Here, in this short video interview, you can learn a bit about both of them.


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A quick hello from the cast of BBSC.


From now until the end of June (and end of Fringe), we will be updating the case files of the BBSC fairly regularly. We’ll be bringing you videos with the cast, more photos, reports from rehearsals, and a few great surprises (including some “Ask the Cast” videos – don’t tell them we told you). Keep checking back with us on our way to Ottawa fringe this June. You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter (@CaseFile319).

To start us off, here’s a quick hello from our cast.

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