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.
?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