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Vancouver, B.C. V6R 4K5

Friends of Jericho Arts Centre
Board of Directors
Chairman: Adam Henderson
778 883 2241

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1675 Discovery Street,
Vancouver, B.C. V6R 4K5

Friends of Jericho Arts Centre
Board of Directors
Chairman: Adam Henderson
778 883 2241

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October 21, 2024 - November 3, 2024

Billy Bishop Goes to War

First World War flying Ace, Billy Bishop, who is credited with 72 victories – including those during the Battle of Vimy Ridge – and surviving an encounter with the infamous Red Baron himself.

Nearing the end of his life, an aged Bishop recounts the triumphs and horrors of the First World War, – “the war to end all wars.” Through raucous stories, haunting memories, and vibrant song, Bishop traces his journey from Royal Military College troublemaker to the top flying ace of the British Empire.

Damon Calderwood plays Billy Bishop (as well as 17 other roles) while Chris Robson tackles the piano and provides vocal accompaniment. Calderwood has brought a fresh new interpretation to Billy Bishop which is packed with humour and hellfire.

Written in 1978 by John MacLachlan Gray, in collaboration with Corner Gas star Eric Peterson, Billy Bishop Goes To War met with rave reviews during its original run. The play has since been performed in over 150 independent productions. It has won the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and the Governor General’s Award for English Drama.

Billy Bishop reconciles the ecstasy of flying with the horrors of war as he takes the audience along on his incredible journey.

“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.” – Fort McMurray Today