Billy Bishop Goes to War

Performer Damon Calderwood discusses some good reasons to see


By: John Gray with Eric Peterson

Directed by: Gerry MacKay

Featuring: Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts

City Stage New West is proud to present a fundraising performance of the wildly popular Canadian classic Billy Bishop Goes to War, starring Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts and directed by Gerry Mackay, on Sunday, November 30th, at 3 pm at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 514 Carnarvon St,  New Westminster.   Canadian musical theatre legend-in-his-own-time and Order of Canada recipient John Gray, who created the piece with Eric Peterson in 1978, will be the special guest speaker at a post-performance talk-back with the audience.

Billy Bishop Goes to War is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this November. Originally performed by Eric Peterson accompanied by John Gray on the piano, it premiered in November 1978 in Vancouver, and has gone on to be one of two internationally acclaimed Canadian musicals, along with Anne of Green Gables. Billy Bishop Goes to War was presented with the 1981 Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, the 1982 Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the 1983 Governor Generals Award for drama.

This captivating musical narrative asks a contemporary audience to follow the riveting true-life adventures of a Canadian World War One flying ace as he attempts to reconcile the ecstacy of flying with the horrors of war. Humour, harrowing heroics, and toe-tapping music make Billy Bishop a superb evening’s entertainment.
Billy Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario on February 8, 1894 and died on September 11, 1956 at age 62. When WWI broke out in 1914 he joined the Mississauga Horse Cavalry Regiment, then transferred to 7th Canadian Mounted Rifles, a mounted infantry unit, and arrived in Plymouth Harbour in England on June 23, 1915. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corp a few months later. During the period of time he flew over France he claimed 72 victories, won the Military Cross and Victoria Cross, was promoted to Major and then Lieutenant-Colonel. The Canadian Government, concerned that if Bishop were killed then morale or support for the war back home would fade, sent him begrudgingly back to the safety of England.

Tickets $18/$15
Reservations made by emailing
will be held until 1/2 hour before curtain.
Guarantee your ticket by purchasing ahead
(plus service charge) at
Massey Ticket Centre 604-521-5050,
735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster.

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