Artwork for Billy Bishop Goes to War

Billy Bishop Goes to War

The High-Flying Canadian Classic

Written and Composed by John MacLachlan Gray
In Collaboration with Eric Peterson

May 25 to June 12

St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre

This production has now closed.

The incredible saga of Canadian WWI flying ace Billy Bishop comes alive on stage through rousing stories, haunting memories, and vibrant song in this critically-acclaimed winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.

Underachiever extraordinaire William Avery Bishop is the Royal Military College's worst student ever. But before he can be expelled, he enlists for service in the miserable trenches of the First World War. One day, the brash recruit spots a single-seater plane circling overhead, igniting his passion for flight. Defying intense prejudice and astonishing danger, he rises through the Royal Canadian Air Force ranks and transforms from a rebellious young man into the most successful fighter pilot of his generation.

The cost of war, the complexities of Britain’s colonial past, and the true story of a soldier’s survival culminate in a powerful and gripping theatre experience about one of Canada’s most irreverent heroes. Don't miss it!


SHOW PROGRAM
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THEATRE ADDRESS
St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre
11 Albert St. W. 
St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0

AUDIENCE
Recommended for ages 10 and up. There is no official rating system for live theatre. We encourage you to use your judgment based on your child's age and maturity level. Click here to read our complete Ticket Policy.

RUNNING TIME
2 hours and 15 minutes including a 20-minute intermission.

Thank You Sponsors!

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Season Media Sponsor
CTV


Production Sponsors

Media Sponsors
Waterloo Region Record
 
Funding Provided by the Government of Ontario

Meet The Artists

The Company

(in alphabetical order)
Jacob James
Jacob James
Billy Bishop
Jim Hodgkinson
Jim Hodgkinson
The Piano Player


The Creative Team

Max Reimer
Max Reimer
Director
Jim Hodgkinson
Jim Hodgkinson
Music Director
Brian Dudkiewicz
Brian Dudkiewicz
Set Designer
Nicole Del Cul
Nicole Del Cul
Costume Coordinator
Lyle Franklin
Lyle Franklin
Lighting Designer
Nadene Riehl
Nadene Riehl
Stage Manager
Kayla Ado
Kayla Ado
Apprentice Stage Manager

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Jacob James in Billy Bishop Goes to War
Photo credit: Jacob James in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Drayton Entertainment, 2022 Season. Director Max Reimer, Music Director Jim Hodgkinson, Set Designer Brian Dudkiewicz, Costume Coordinator Nicole Del Cul, Lighting Designer Lyle Franklin, Stage Manager Nadene Riehl, Apprentice Stage Manager Kayla Ado.
 
Photo credit: Jim Hodgkinson and Jacob James in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Drayton Entertainment, 2022 Season. Director Max Reimer, Music Director Jim Hodgkinson, Set Designer Brian Dudkiewicz, Costume Coordinator Nicole Del Cul, Lighting Designer Lyle Franklin, Stage Manager Nadene Riehl, Apprentice Stage Manager Kayla Ado.
Photo credit: Jim Hodgkinson and Jacob James in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Drayton Entertainment, 2022 Season. Director Max Reimer, Music Director Jim Hodgkinson, Set Designer Brian Dudkiewicz, Costume Coordinator Nicole Del Cul, Lighting Designer Lyle Franklin, Stage Manager Nadene Riehl, Apprentice Stage Manager Kayla Ado.

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This production is now closed.