Jake’s Gift


November 3rd 2017 to November 4th 2017
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$33 plus tax and service charge

Jake's Gift

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.

Since 2007, Jake’s Gift has gone on to play at festivals and theatres in 225 communities across Canada, as well as international visits to Washington State, the UK and to Normandy, France, for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in June 2014.

The 2016/17 Season marks the start of their 10th year of touring, and Juno Productions and Jake’s Gift continue to garner awards and rave reviews whether playing in small rural towns or big city centres.

Playwright and Performer

Julia Mackey*

Julia Mackey was born in Birmingham, England. Her family moved to Canada when she was three years old. She grew up in Montreal, and received an education degree from McGill University before heading out west in 1993 to pursue a career in Theatre.

In 1994, she started writing and performing her own work with the innovative Victoria based company, Theatre SKAM.

In June 2004, Julia travelled to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. She attended many ceremonies, walked the coastline and interviewed dozens of veterans who had returned for the occasion. The experiences of the veterans, her own discoveries, and a life long interest in Remembrance Day, led to the development of the play in August of 2006 at The Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC.

In August 2012, Julia received a a Betty Mitchell Calgary Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama. Jake’s Gift was also nominated for Outstanding Production.

When not touring with Jake, Julia splits her time between Vancouver, BC, and the historic community of Wells in the Cariboo District of British Columbia.

Photo : Michael Ford

Director and Stage Manager

Dirk Van Stralen*

Dirk is a four time Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Nominee for acting (Vancouver’s Theatre Awards) Also an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator, his single panel cartoon, vanstralen, appeared in Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight for 17 years. He is also the illustrator of two wordless kids books: Ben’s Big Dig and Ben’s Bunny Trouble. When not on tour with Jake’s Gift, Dirk sometimes directs plays like Mike Delamont’s Mama’s Boy, while doing graphic design for Barkerville Historic Town, the largest historic site in western North America. www.barkerville.ca

*Appearing Courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Photo : Michael Ford