Billy Bishop takes to the skies once again as Ace Productions presents the Governor General’s Award‐winning musical documenting the heroic First World War exploits of the Canadian flying ace in Billy Bishop Goes to War.
Written by Order of Canada recipient John Gray with former Corner Gas star Eric Peterson, the play has been the recipient of multiple awards since it premiered in 1978 and is one of Canada’s most successful musical dramas of all time. Billy Bishop Goes to War continues to re‐create this true war‐time story for new generations of theatre audiences as it attempts to reconcile the horrors of battle with the ecstasy of flying, in the process capturing the complex but indomitable human spirit of its hero.
Born in Owen Sound in 1894, William Avery ‘Billy’ Bishop was officially credited with 72 victorious flying missions. Those missions made him the top Canadian ace in the First World War and one of the few Canadian pilots to win the Victoria Cross for his daring early morning solo attack on a German Aerodrome in 1917.
Vancouver Presents contributor David C Jones speaks with the show’s stars Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts, to find out more.
Billy Bishop Goes to War will play the Deep Cove Stage in North Vancouver (Oct 31-Nov 1), the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge (Nov 7 & 8) before finishing up at Theatre in the Country in Langley (Nov 11-14).