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‘Simply & sensitively told’: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

It’s always a pleasure to hear an untold story. In Billy Bishop Goes to War we learn about a baby-faced Canadian teenager who by a string of lucky chances became the world’s most decorated fighter pilot in the early days of single-seater flying over France in 1914-18, and a hero and a mascot for the Royal Canadian Air Force through the second war, too.

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Do you know why Square Rounds were invented? WATCH post-show Q&A + show trailer

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Sticky, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The pub beneath the Finborough Theatre, where Proud Haddock’s revival of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds, is currently closed for refurbishment. So what does Proud Haddock artistic director Jimmy Walters do on the night of our post-show Q&A? Bring in drinks from the off-licence for everyone, both onstage and in the audience. I’ll drink to that!

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‘We open with six munitionettes in a factory’: Director Jimmy Walters on WWI drama Square Rounds

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Rev StanLeave a Comment

Getting its first staging for three decades, Tony Harrison’s World War I-set play Square Rounds is based on true events and explores the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction. Director Jimmy Walters talked to Rev Stan about its relevance today.