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arts commons | motel theatre | 205 8 ave se

1943: The world was at war with Germany.

Canadian co-pilots, Adams and Davis, are at war with each other.

Half the Battle tells the story of Adams and Davis, the pilot and flight engineer of a Canadian Avro Lancaster in WWII. 

The two men are forced by fate to recount their stories of what brought them to war, why they fight, and most importantly what they left behind. The outspoken Newfoundlander and the by-the-book Albertan, hardly friends in during the war, now find themselves at odds with this new partnership.

Secrets are revealed, and a seemingly impossible friendship discovered.  Half the Battle dives passionately into the often forgotten tales of the Second World War and the harrowing, unspoken accounts of the soldiers and civilians who sacrificed so much. 

Written and performed by Owen Bishop.  Directed by Shelby Nicole Reinitz. Co-produced through Sage Theatre's Stepping Stone program. 

what are people saying?

“It’s a triple-R remarkable performance, achievement and showcase for Owen Bishop”

- Louis B Hobson, The Calgary Herald

"Half the Battle is twice the show - funny and moving - don't miss it"

- Kathryn Shaw, Artistic Director, Studio 58

“With one actor, sixty minutes, and a relatively bare design, the only thing I can say about this production is: "wow!" 

- Vicki Trask, Broadway World Review

“…what is a remarkable first play, and a remarkable performance.”

- Lori Montgomery, The YYSCENE


Join us for our special talkback series where you get to chat in an informal setting with an expert. Our History Brought to Life talkback features a historical take on the Canadian effort in the war; our Conversations with Creators’ talkback delves into the process of the creators of the show; our Psychologist talkback delves into the inner workings of the play and a generation at war.


To confirm reservations, fill out the email contact form below. Tickets are $25 per person. If you have any questions, please email us at info@diytheatre.org. If you are a veteran, please join us free of charge through The Generous Ten program - where 20 tickets have been set a side for veterans. Hopefully you can join us on November 8th, but the tickets are valid for any date.

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