Jake's Gift

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JAKE'S GIFT - Julia Mackey, Juno Productions

This surprisingly funny multi-award winning drama tells the story of a Canadian World War II veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France to find the grave of the brother who never came home. 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.

In June 2004, Julia Mackey traveled to Normandy, France, for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. During that week long journey, in one of the most moving and powerful experiences of her life, Julia interviewed dozens of Canadian, British and American WW2 veterans who had returned for the ceremonies. The stories they shared with Julia and her own life-long interest in Remembrance Day inspired the development of the Jake’s Gift.

Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave. Since 2007, Julia has toured the show extensively in both nationally and internationally, most recently at the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Julia performed Jake’s Gift in French in a venue right on Juno Beach! This moving and heartfelt play continues to receive rave reviews from critics and audience members alike.

“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

Website: http://www.jakesgift.com/jakesgift.com/home.html

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11D_1A0FqOw

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