A Canadian WW2 veteran reluctantly returns 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 whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts – most notably, the wartime death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and personalizes the story behind one soldier’s grave.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “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 StarPhoenix
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “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