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Posted: Thursday April 15, 2010
Eric Peterson

Eric Neal Peterson, stage, film and television actor is recognized as one of the early pioneers of the collective theatre movement in Canada during the 1970s. In 1976, he began working with John MacLachlan Gray, a playwright/director and fellow alumnus from Tamahnous Theatre, to create his most critically successful work, Billy Bishop Goes to War, a two-man show (Gray appeared as the narrator and pianist) in which he played more than a dozen characters. He is also recognized for his roles in three major Canadian series – Street Legal, Corner Gas and This is Wonderland.



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BOOK AWARDS

Billy Bishop Goes to War - 2nd Edition

Winner of the 1980 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Winner of the 1982 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

Winner of the 1999 Jessie Richardson Award: The Sun Readers’ Choice Award (Vancouver Playhouse)

BOOK AWARDS

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Winner of the 1980 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Winner of the 1982 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

Winner of the 1999 Jessie Richardson Award: The Sun Readers’ Choice Award (Vancouver Playhouse)

QUOTES OF NOTE

Billy Bishop Goes to War - 2nd Edition

“Thirty years on, Billy Bishop still soars.” — Globe and Mail

“[The play has] reasserted its right to be called one of the great works in the
Canadian theatre canon.” — Toronto Star

“Eric [Peterson, the lead actor] does it in pyjamas and it puts an entirely different spin on the whole thing. It’s very interesting, it’s less about war and more about life now.” — The Tyee

Billy Bishop is a high-flying ace of a show, capturing the humour, the hellfire and the derring-do of an extraordinary career … The score is filled with vintage replicas of the kind of songs that sent men rushing in—and out—of battle. There are martial airs, barracksroom ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and also a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.” — New York Times

Billy Bishop Goes to War is a delightful—and cunningly wrought—work of art.” — New Yorker

“A landmark of the Canadian theatre … John Gray’s success with Billy Bishop lies in the universality of the human individual—a universality that works precisely because Gray has kept the show on one-individual terms. He creates and deflates the hero myth in the same gesture.” — Vancouver Sun

QUOTES OF NOTE

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Billy Bishop is a high-flying ace of a show, capturing the humour, the hellfire and the derring-do of an extraordinary career … The score is filled with vintage replicas of the kind of songs that sent men rushing in—and out—of battle. There are martial airs, barracksroom ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and also a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.” — New York Times

Billy Bishop Goes to War is a delightful—and cunningly wrought—work of art.” — New Yorker

“A landmark of the Canadian theatre … John Gray’s success with Billy Bishop lies in the universality of the human individual—a universality that works precisely because Gray has kept the show on one-individual terms. He creates and deflates the hero myth in the same gesture.” — Vancouver Sun


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