Jake's Gift

Written and performed by Julia Mackey
Directed by Dirk van Stralen

Thurs. – Sat. April 25-27 | 7:30pm
VIU’s Malaspina Theatre

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.

2017 marked their 10th year of touring, and continue to garner awards and rave reviews whether playing in small rural towns or big city centres.