Billy Bishop Goes to War

A Play

Author: John Gray

Publisher: Talonbooks Limited

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 102

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Celebrated musical about Canada's famous World War I flying ace. Cast of 2 men.

Adapting "Billy Bishop Goes to War" for Germany

Author: Sabrina Middeldorf

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 36

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 3,0, RWTH Aachen University (Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Recent Canadian Drama, language: English, abstract: I. Introduction - A Canadian play for a German audience While talking about the play "Billy Bishop goes to war" by John Gray and Eric Peterson that was written in 1976, different points of view play a decisive role. The play deals with a Canadian boy who joins the military because of a lack of possibilities. The action begins in Canada in 1914. That means it is the time of World War I and Canadian forces fight as a part of the Empire against the enemy, namely Germany. The play describes Billy Bishop's rise from a Canadian boy to a national hero as a fighter ace. Consequently there are different attitudes towards the play, for instance if you are an opponent of war or an advocate of it. Furthermore there is the question of age: if you have fought in a war and have seen how friends die or if you are a young man who is full of bravery, strength and patriotism, you have a different attitude towards such a play. But above all there is the question of nationality. As the play is of Canadian origin and originally played for Canadians, the question is meaningless. But on the one hand the fact that the play received great honor and was performed on Broadway and on the other hand the existence of a German film version opens a completely new kind of adapting the play for Germany. In the film version there are German actors that play Billy and the piano player and the text is German, too. What these facts mean and how film and play are adapted for Germany is analyzed in the following term paper. Concerning that there is not any kind of secondary literature about this topic that can be accessed by a German Library, the analysis is based upon my own results of analyzing play and film as well as studying the preface of the drama. The version"

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Author: John Gray

Publisher: Talonbooks Limited

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 113

View: 960

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.

The Making of Billy Bishop

The First World War Exploits of Billy Bishop, VC

Author: Brereton Greenhous

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 477

It’s a war story that is told every time the career of Billy Bishop is discussed: On June 2, 1917, the young pilot single-handedly took out a German airfield in an early morning raid at the height of the Great War. For this, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, and a place in Canadian history. And yet, the attack never happened. In this explosive new biography, Brereton Greehous exposes the myth of Billy Bishop. While his bravery never comes into question (Bishop was as courageous as any of the men who risked their lives in those early warplanes) his credibility as a storyteller does. From exaggerations and half-truths to flat-out lies, stories of Bishop’s legendary exploits contain as much fiction as they do fact. Greenhous reveals many startling truths: he presents evidence that some of the medals Bishop wore late in his career were unearned, uncovers a number of examples of Bishop embellishing or inventing combat stories, and, most significantly, shows that the only account of the ace’s raid on the German airfield came from Bishop himself. Even official German records of casualties fail to corroborate the Canadian’s claims. The Making of Billy Bishop is a book certain to stir up controversy. Twenty years ago, a documentary film questioning Bishop’s credentials as a hero was considered so blasphemous that a senate investigation was launched in an attempt to restore the pilot’s name. Now, Greenhous’s research vindicates the claims of the filmmakers, and re-ignites an argument once thought settled.

Shakespeare Companies and Festivals

An International Guide

Author: Ron Engle

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 568

View: 576

Describes over 140 Shakespeare companies and festivals worldwide.

World War I on Film

English Language Releases through 2014

Author: Paul M. Edwards

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 276

View: 405

One of the central events of modern history, World War I has been poorly presented in English language films. Torn between the powerful isolationist movement in the U.S. and a growing hatred of the "Hun," contemporary films were mainly propaganda calling citizens to arms. The American film industry used the outbreak of the war and the government's interest in promoting patriotic sacrifice as a means to expand and take the lead in the film industry worldwide. More a business model than an art form, these early efforts claimed a place of respectability for film among the arts. Twenty years later, though films produced about the war were few, they were technically superior and generally carried conflicting messages about the war's mission and value, while focusing more on storyline than history. This study of English Language World War I films examines nearly 350 films from 1914 to 2014. Descriptions and critiques of each of the films are included, with stories and details about the actors and directors.