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Billy Bishop Goes to War 2nd Edition
2nd edition
9780889226890 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Canadian Sep 15, 2012
$17.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in 128 pages Talonbooks
 
The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award 1980, Winner Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama 1982, Winner Jessie Richardson Award: The Sun Readers' Choice Award (Vancouver Playhouse) 1999, Winner
This revised, updated edition of one of Canada’s most successful and enduring dramas, Billy Bishop Goes to War, includes the original Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award and Governor General’s Award–winning 1982 musical play, plus the 2010 re-working of the script. In this new edition, the World War I flying ace—credited with seventy-two victories and billed as the top ace in the British Empire—appears in his later years, reflecting on his wartime exploits. Cast of two men.

John Gray is the author of a novel, many magazine articles, and several stage musicals, a book on tattoos, Lost in North America: The Imaginary Canadian in the American Dream (1994), Local Boy Makes Good (1987), and the internationally acclaimed Billy Bishop Goes to War (1982) with Eric Peterson. He has contributed sixty-five satirical pieces for The Journal on CBC Television, and is a frequent speaker on cultural issues. Among his many awards are the Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Vancouver.

"Thirty years on, Billy Bishop still soars.”
Globe and Mail

“[The play has] reasserted its right to be called one of the great works in the Canadian theatre canon.”
Toronto Star

“Eric [Peterson, the lead actor] does it in pyjamas and it puts an entirely different spin on the whole thing. It’s very interesting, it’s less about war and more about life now.”
The Tyee

Billy Bishop is a high-flying ace of a show, capturing the humour, the hellfire and the derring-do of an extraordinary career … The score is filled with vintage replicas of the kind of songs that sent men rushing in—and out—of battle. There are martial airs, barracksroom ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and also a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.” — New York Times

Billy Bishop Goes to War is a delightful—and cunningly wrought—work of art.”
New Yorker

“A landmark of the Canadian theatre … John Gray’s success with Billy Bishop lies in the universality of the human individual—a universality that works precisely because Gray has kept the show on one-individual terms. He creates and deflates the hero myth in the same gesture.” — Vancouver Sun

Billy Bishop is a high-flying ace of a show, capturing the humour, the hellfire and the derring-do of an extraordinary career … The score is filled with vintage replicas of the kind of songs that sent men rushing in—and out—of battle. There are martial airs, barracksroom ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and also a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.” —New York Times

“A landmark of the Canadian theatre … John Gray’s success with Billy Bishop lies in the universality of the human individual—a universality that works precisely because Gray has kept the show on one-individual terms. He creates and deflates the hero myth in the same gesture.” —Vancouver Sun

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