Jake’s Gift


November 2nd 2017
HVT Production
$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 Giftcontinue 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