Billy Bishop Goes to War in Sackville Oct. 17-18

Tour of N.B. marks Centenary of First World War

Sackville Tribune - - OBITUARIES/COMMUNITY -

Live Bait Theatre and Saint John Theatre Com­pany are join­ing forces to present the award­win­ning story of Cana­dian First World War fly­ing ace Billy Bishop.

‘Billy Bishop Goes to War’ will be pre­sented in Sackville on Oct. 17 and 18. A spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive New Bruns­wick tour will be­gin in Fred­er­ic­ton on Oct. 11, with other stops in­clud­ing Monc­ton on Oct. 24, Saint John on Oct. 26 and 27, St .An­drews on Nov. 14 and Sus­sex on Nov. 16.

The two-per­son play dra­ma­tizes the life of Cana­dian First World War fighter pilot Billy Bishop. Writ­ten and com­posed by John Maclach­lan Gray, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Eric Peter­son in 1978, Billy Bishop Goes to War has grown to be­come one of the most-widely pro­duced plays in Cana­dian theatre.

The role of Billy Bishop will be played by ac­tor and award­win­ning play­wright Ron Kelly Spurles.

“I’ve al­ways loved how well the play tells the story of this young man as he faces the realities of war, and how well it bal­ances the ca­ma­raderie and the sense of duty and ad­ven­ture, with the hor­ror and the fu­til­ity of it all,” says Kelly Spurles. “It’s just a won­der­ful script, re­ally – so well writ­ten, with a grip­ping story told by a very be­liev­able char­ac­ter, and with great mu­sic. Also, it’s a fan­tas­tic chal­lenge as an ac­tor to play all of the char­ac­ters, and I think au­di­ences will re­ally en­joy tak­ing that jour­ney with me.”

Tick­ets are avail­able at www. live­baitthe­ (or for the Sackville show only at Robert Lyon Graph­ics at 10 Wel­don Street).

The show be­gins at 7:30 p.m. in all lo­ca­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 506-536-2248 or visit Live Bait Theatre’s web­site:­baitthe­


Sackville ac­tor and award-win­ning play­wright Ron Kelly Spurles re­hearses a scene from ‘Billy Bishop Goes to War.’

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