Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
On the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Jake, a Canadian veteran in his 80s, makes a reluctant pilgrimage to Juno Beach to honour his brothers, both in family and in arms, and to come to terms with his memories and his losses.
On the beach he meets the delightful, curious and outspoken “Petite” Isabelle, the 10-year-old French schoolgirl who, with her schoolmates, cares for the nearby gravesites of the soldiers. A force to be reckoned with, she is determined to be friends with Jake and to know the story of his life.
Vancouver writer/actress Julia Mackey instantaneously and completely transforms herself physically and vocally, sometimes in mid-sentence, as she plays all the characters in this drama. It is an extraordinary performance, shining with creative and emotional light.
This award-winning show is for all ages, worth seeing every time it returns.
— Wendy King
From the Fringe program:
This 2009 Winnipeg Fringe favourite returns after four years of touring across Canada. Jake's Gift is the moving and surprisingly funny story of a Manitoban WWII veteran's reluctant return to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. At its heart, this multi-award winning play is about the legacy of remembrance and personalizes the story behind one soldier's grave.
Director: Dirk van Stralen
Cast: Julia Mackey
5 Stars "Jake's Gift is the most theatrically pure show I have ever seen." - Katie Nicholson, CBC Winnipeg.
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 mins.
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