Thurs. – Sat. April 25-27, 7:30pm
Sat. April 27, 2pm
VIU’s Malaspina Theatre
Tickets: Adults $30 | Students $15
Written and performed by Julia Mackey
Directed by Dirk van Stralen
Jake’s Gift is a multi-award winning Canadian play about a World War II veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. While revisiting the shores of Juno beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village. Isabelle’s inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts – most notably the war-time death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave.
2017 marked their 10th year of touring, and continue to garner awards and rave reviews whether playing in small rural towns or big city centres.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Jake’s Gift is the most theatrically pure show I have ever seen. Julia Mackey delivers a stunning performance. So well fleshed out are her characters, so instantaneous are her transitions that it feels like an ensemble show..” – Katie Nicholson, CBC Winnipeg
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “It’s hard to say which is better – her script about a reluctant veteran’s return to Juno Beach or her twin performances as a 10-year-old girl and 80-year-old man – both of which, in 60 minutes, speak more to the heart about Canada’s role in WWII than would a six-hour NFB documentary.” – John Threlfall, Monday Magazine, Victoria, BC
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “If I could give this play six stars, I would.” – Shannon Boklaschuk, The Star Phoenix, Saskatoon, SK
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Jake’s Gift. Mark it down. Get your tickets right away.” – Colin Maclean, Edmonton Sun, Edmonton, AB
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Julia Mackey is an eminently watchable actor and her transformations between characters are stunning and nuanced.” – Bryan Birtles, Vue Weekly, Edmonton, AB
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