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Billy Bishop Goes to War

A: John Gray with Eric Peterson Pf: 1978, Vancouver Pb: 1981 G: ...

Billy Bishop Goes to War

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The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... Bishop Goes to War Author: John Gray with Eric Peterson Date/place of 1st performance: 1978 , Vancouver Date of 1st publication: 1981 Genre: Drama in 2 acts; prose with songs Setting/time of action: Canada, England, and France, 1914–18; Canada, 1939 Cast: 2m, playing 17m, 2f Billy Bishop tells the story of his involvement in the First World War. In 1914 he proves an unpromising recruit at the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario. In 1915 he is transferred to an army camp in England, volunteers for the Royal Flying Corps, and is...

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Billy Bishop Goes to War  

A: John Gray with Eric Peterson Pf: 1978, Vancouver Pb: 1981 G: Drama in 2 acts; prose with songs S: Canada, England, and France, 1914–18; Canada, 1939 C: 2m, playing 17m, 2fBilly Bishop tells the ...
John Gray

John Gray  

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(1946– )Canadian playwright and composer. His best-known play, Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978, Broadway 1980), is a two-person musical that examines the ambiguous attitudes of Canada's most famous ...
Gray, John

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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...John ( 1946 – ) Canadian playwright and composer . His best-known play, Billy Bishop Goes to War ( 1978 , Broadway 1980 ), is a two-person *musical that examines the ambiguous attitudes of Canada's most famous flying ace of the First World War. Other major musicals include 18 Wheels ( 1977 ), about long-distance truckers; Rock and Roll ( 1981 ), about a small-town Canadian rock band; and Don Messer's Jubilee ( 1985 ), about a one-time cultural icon of Gray's native Nova Scotia. Another musical, Health ( 1989 ), was not so well received....

Gray, John

Gray, John (26 Sept. 1946)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...John (b. Ottawa , 26 Sept. 1946 ) Playwright and composer . After theatre experience in Vancouver, Gray moved to Toronto in 1975 where his first musical, 18 Wheels , was premièred in 1977 . His greatest success, Billy Bishop Goes to War ( 1978 ), written with Eric Peterson , is a musical based on the life of the First World War Canadian flying ace. Rock and Roll ( 1981 ), a musical about 1960s rock bands, was complemented by Don Messer's Jubilee ( 1985 ), a musical about a famous Canadian traditional fiddler. Amelia ( 1994 ), about the...

Gray, John

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Denis Johnston

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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...John ( 1946–  ) Canadian playwright and composer. His best-known play, Billy Bishop Goes to War ( 1978 ), is a two-person musical that examines the ambiguous attitudes of Canada's most famous flying ace of the First World War. It premièred in Vancouver , went on two national tours , and appeared on Broadway in 1980 . Other major musicals include 18 Wheels ( 1977 ), about long-distance truckers; Rock and Roll ( 1981 ), about a small-town Canadian rock band; and Don Messer's Jubilee ( 1985 ), about a one-time cultural icon of Gray's native Nova...

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...Willard, sets aside his idealism and enters the world of business. Gray's first musical to gain national attention was 18 wheels ( 1987 ), which premièred at Theatre Passe Muraille in 1977 and was produced across Canada. Portraying Canadian truckers influenced by Country and Western music from the USA, Gray established in this early piece his recurrent interest in defining Canadian identity in the face of an array of international influences. Billy Bishop goes to war , written in collaboration with Eric Peterson (and winner, in 1982 , of a Governor...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...powers, Gwydion can discern that his brother is smitten with the beautiful Goewin , a girl whose ceremonial duty is to hold the feet of the king, unless he be away for war. Gwydion proposes a complicated plan to allow Gilfaethwy to be with his heart's desire-part of which requires Math to go to war and leave his foot-holder behind. Gwydion promises to obtain some of the swine of Pryderi, animals new to the kingdom, whose meat is reputed to be sweeter than beef. With ten companions he sets off for Dyfed disguised as a bard . Although this charms Pryderi, the...

Strategic Bombing

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The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

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...in total war, which would lead to the absolute destruction of all combatant and noncombatant nations, led to the development of the theory of deterrence. Many had believed before World War II that conventional strategic bombing was so devastating that it would deter countries from going to war. This proved false, but strategic thinkers transferred the theory to nuclear weapons. Many believe that nuclear weapons deterred the outbreak of World War III, but there is no solid evidence that either side during the Cold War ever intended to start a general war, and,...

Canada: theatre in English

Canada: theatre in English   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...specialized issues – feminism, children's theatre (there are now some 60 professional theatres for young people), homosexuality – and there has been a dramatic increase in low-budget theatre favouring the one-actor show. Significant examples here include John Gray 's Billy Bishop Goes to War , which played London and New York after great success in Canada, and Antonine Maillet 's La Sagouine as performed by Viola Léger (in French and English). The attendant and necessary infrastructure of professional organizations, theatre publishers, professional...

Strategy

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The Oxford Companion to American Military History

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...planes, and victory would go to the side that got in the first blow. While Douhet's arguments were extreme, heavy emphasis on bombardment was common among early airpower pioneers, notably Gen. Hugh Trenchard , the first head of the Royal Air Force. Meanwhile, in America, Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell , drawing on his experience as commander of the American Expeditionary Force's air component in 1917–18 , had conceived a more pragmatic theory. While Mitchell, like Douhet, believed that airpower would be decisive in future wars, he considered bombardment as...

Children's drama in English

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...of the same name; and Shantymen of Cache Creek , Arthur Milner's adaptation of Bill Freeman's 1975 novel of the same name. Other popular history plays include Len Peterson 's Billy Bishop and the red baron ( 1974 ), about the Canadian air ace of the First World War; Rick McNair's Dr Barnardo's pioneers ( 1984 ), about British orphans indentured as servants to Canadian households and farms in the nineteenth century; W. O. Mitchell 's The day Jake made her rain (produced in 1984 ) in which Depression prairie farmers' delicate balance of hope...

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Horst Dornbusch

The Oxford Companion to Beer

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...vini corruptus. ” (They drank a liquor of barley or other grain that was fermented into a corrupt resemblance to wine.) This, of course, was beer. The Romans generally disdained the German “corrupt” grain-wine, the smell of which the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate (331–363 ad ) once likened to that of a billy goat. However, because it was simply not possible, even for Romans, to freight enough wine from Italy across the Alps to keep the troops in Germany happy, the Romans eventually not only made German beer-brewing their own, but also improved...

Opera companies, itinerant

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Katherine K. Preston

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...: Music in Philadelphia (New York, 1940) R.M. Gipson : The Life of Emma Thursby, 1845–1931 (New York, 1940) N. Smither : A History of the English Theatre in New Orleans (New York, 1944) W.G. Carson : St. Louis Goes to the Opera, 1837–1941 (St. Louis, 1946) W.S. Hoole : The Ante Bellum Charleston Theatre (Montgomery, AL, 1946) G.E. Schiavo : Italian Music and Musicians in America (New York, 1947) E.M. Gagey : The San Francisco Stage: a History (New York, 1950) S. Chevalley : “La première saison théâtrale française de New-York,” French Review ,...

Gay Literature: Poetry and Prose

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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...to homosexual ideals in the twentieth century. His “position” among the crew, wrote Melville, was something analogous to that of a rustic beauty transplanted from the provinces and brought into competition with the highborn dames of the court…. Cast in a mould peculiar to the finest physical examples of those Englishmen in whom the Saxon strain would seem not at all to partake of any Norman or other admixture, he showed in face that humane look of reposeful good nature which the Greek sculptor in some instances gave to his heroic strong man, Hercules. Billy's...

Ellington, Duke

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Marcello Piras

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...Me off at Harlem, 1933 ; Eerie Moan, 1933 ; Merry-Go-Round, 1933 ; Blue Feeling, 1934 ; Delta Serenade, 1934 ; Saddest Tale, 1934 ; Solitude, 1934 ; In a Sentimental Mood, 1935 ; Showboat Shuffle, 1935 ; Caravan, † 1936 ; Clarinet Lament, † 1936 ; Echoes of Harlem, 1936 ; Azure, 1937 ; Battle of Swing, 1938 ; Blue Light, 1938 ; Boy Meets Horn, † 1938 ; A Gypsy Without a Song, 1938 ; I Let a Song Go out of My Heart, 1938 ; Prelude to a Kiss, 1938 ; Portrait of the Lion, 1939 ; Serenade to Sweden, 1939 ; The Sergeant Was Shy, 1939 ; Subtle...

Religion.

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Mark A. Noll

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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...group that under Wallace D. Muhammad , son of Elijah Muhammad , found increasing acceptance in the worldwide Muslim community. Alongside the rapid expansion of religions new to the United States, considerable power still attended the traditional faiths. The evangelist Billy Graham , for instance, from the later 1940s through the 1990s, preached his evangelical Protestant message to more people, personally and by electronic means, than any other individual in the two millennia of Christian history. Chicago's Roman Catholic Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (...

Religion

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Marty Martin E.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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...front came to be called Evangelical. Although the Mainline members failed to take advantage of new opportunities to propagate, not least of all through mass media, Evangelical churches grew rapidly. Although Mainline theologians like Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr and German-born Paul Tillich spoke to intellectuals and formulated impressive theologies, Evangelicals like Billy Graham became the celebrities who attracted great crowds. Born largely as reactionary Fundamentalist groups in the 1920s, these descendants made vigorous efforts to attract new...

Popular music

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Charles Hamm, Robert Walser, Jacqueline Warwick, and Charles Hiroshi Garrett

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...by Thomas Moore and accompaniments by John Stevenson (i–vii, 1808–18 ) and Bishop (viii–x, 1821–34 ). Like Burns, Moore added his own poetry to tunes taken from traditional music; though arrangements in the original editions of the collection were for one to four voices, the pieces were most popular as solo songs with keyboard accompaniment. They were enthusiastically received in North America, as they had been in England; the first volume was printed, from new plates, by G.E. Blake in Philadelphia as early as 1808 , and succeeding volumes were...

White

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...World War: There’ll be bluebirds over The white cliffs of Dover, Tomorrow, just you wait and see. White coal Water, especially when regarded as a source of power. White Cockade, The The badge worn by the followers of Charles Edward , the young pretender . White-collar worker The professional or clerical worker, whose calling demands a certain nicety of attire typified by the wearing of a white shirt and collar. See also blue-collar worker . White Company, The In 13th-century France a band of cut-throats organized by Folquet, bishop of Toulouse, to...

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