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Billy Bishop Goes to War

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Flying to a theatre near you! And with proper spacing between flight crews.

With First Imressions Theatre in Deep Cove Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, at the ACT in Maple Ridge Nov. 7 & 8, and at Theatre in the Country in Langley Nov. 11 – 14.

One of Canada’s most enduring plays won the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award, The Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the Governor General’s Award for Drama.   It has been performed all over the world for over thirty years since John Gray first wrote it in collaboration with Eric Peterson.  This play with music was produced in 2008 by ACEproductions and First Impressions Theatre  with Damon Calderwood as Billy Bishop (and 17 other characters) and Gordon Roberts as the Narrator/Pianist.  These two veteran Vancouver performers bring an exciting and fresh interpretation to this most iconic of Canadian plays employing a simple set and props while utilizing audio visual effects to enhance the “white-knuckle” story telling.  The musical follows Billy Bishop, Canada’s greatest World War 1 flying ace, on his feats of daring down into the trenches, up to the skies, through the halls of Buckingham Palace and inside the human spirit as he struggles to reconcile the ecstacy of flying with the horrors of war.

 

“This is Billy Bishop the way it was meant to be!”  John MacLachlan Gray

 

 

The New York Times described it as “A high-flying ace of a show capturing the humor, the hellfire, and the daring-do of an extraordinary career!”

 

Fort McMurray Today:  p.3 24/11/2009

“Billy Bishop Goes To War is an excellent show and a fantastic showcase for a talented and inventive Canadian performer.  Missing this show is a mistake for anyone who is even a casual fan of theatre.  Not only does the show make for an entertaining piece of theatre, but it also shines a light on one of Canada’s great military heroes.

 

Vernon Morning Star B3 10/30/2009

The musical follows Billy Bishop on his feats of daring down into the trenches, up to the skies, through the halls of Buckingham Palace and inside the human spirit as he struggles to reconcile the ecstasy of flying with the horrors of war.

 

Peninsula News Review A22 14/01/2009

The high flying show captures the humour and hellfire of an extraordinary career.  With a mixture of irony and white-knuckle tale telling, the Canadian classic dramatizes the life of First World War fighter pilot Billy Bishop.

 

John Gray interview with the Peninsula News Review

“The show is the story of the number one flying ace of the first world war who was a Canadian and not only survived but did extremely well.  That comes with all kinds of ironies, much more than dying in the war.  It was the most produced show in America for four years … I would never have thought people would be seeing it now.  It’s now 30 years since I wrote it.  It just keeps being done.  People who see it, want to see it again.


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