Jake’s Gift is a surprisingly funny, multi-award-winning drama about a Canadian WW2 veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. While roaming the shores of Juno Beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious ten-year-old from the local village whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts.
At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and personalizes the story behind one soldier’s grave.
Jake’s Gift had its first public performance on Gabriola Island in 2007, at Antony Holland’s Theatre Centre. Since then, Juno Productions has toured this beloved and important play to over 230 communities across Canada.
Rated PG. One hour and five minutes. No intermission.
“We are so thrilled to be returning to the community where we had our first public performance of Jake’s Gift—post a workshop production—back in January 2007 at Antony’s beloved Theatre Centre.” Julia Mackey, playwright and performer.
“The art of theatre is built into Jake’s Gift almost as an afterthought. It’s a free bonus that the skill of acting is demonstrated like a clinic. Julia Mackey is the shape-shifter the ancients spoke of in legends. She becomes an old Canadian D-Day veteran, a young French girl, a grandmother, not just seamlessly but frequently. Mackey is both ventriloquist and puppet.” Prince George Citizen, Frank Peebles
“In the hands of a lesser artist, such a tale could be twee and trite. In the hands of playwright/actor Julia Mackey, it’s rich, true and deeply moving, a solo show that runs just 65 minutes but leaves you replete, wanting neither more nor less of the gift you’ve been handed.” Ottawa Citizen, Patrick Langston
“Jake’s Gift – which Mackey conceived, wrote and performs – is theatre in its purest form. It is an instant love affair between performer and audience. This is a jewel of a show you simply can’t afford to miss.” Calgary Sun, Lois Hobson
Playwright and performer: Julia Mckey
Director and stage manager: Dirk Van Stralen
Lighting Designer: Gerald King
Contracts: Cameron Smillie