Jake’s Gift is an award winning Canadian play about a WW2 veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.
While there, Jake meets 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 war time death of his eldest brother Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the importance of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave.
The production received four awards at The Victoria Fringe including, Best Drama, Best Solo Show, Best Female Performer and Best New Play.* Jake’s Gift was also named Best of Fest at The 2008 Edmonton Fringe and at the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe, where it sold out its entire run.
Since 2007, Jake’s Gift has played at festivals and theaters across the country, and the production continues to garner rave reviews and standing ovations. In 2010, Juno Productions surpassed its 300th performance of Jake’s Gift. The 2010/11 season will take them across the country as well as up north for the first time as they venture to Yukon and NWT.
Here’s what one reviewer said:
” 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. Without a doubt, Jake’s Gift is one of the most moving and unashamedly heartfelt pieces of solo theatre that has graced a stage in a long time; put it up there with the likes of The Shape of a Girl and I, Claudia—it’s simply that good.”- John Threlfall – Monday Magazine, Victoria
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