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Jake’s Gift

Written and performed by Julia Mackey
Directed by Dirk Van Stralen

A Canadian World War II veteran reluctantly returns to Normandy, France for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion. There, Jake encounters a 10 year old whose inquisitiveness and charm challenge him to confront some long-ignored ghosts. This charming play has been a hit across Canada and beyond. Don’t miss it!

Free admission for all veterans and current military personnel 

Veterans' Food Bank Hamper and Poppies
We are accepting donations for the Veterans' Food Bank at every performance of Jake's Gift, so make sure you bring a nonperishable food item when you see the show! We are also accepting donations for the Poppy Fund. 

School groups
Thanks to the generous support of Nexen students pay only $5 a ticket for any show in our regular season. A study guide for Jake’s Gift can be downloaded in PDF format here.

Jake's Gift is also available in French. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

For more background information about this award winning play visit 

Cast List

Jake/ Isabelle - Julia Mackey

Production Team

Playwright/ Performer - Julia Mackey
Director/ Stage Manager - Dirk van Stralen
Lighting Design - Gerald King


Q&A with Jake's Gift's Julia Mackey - BY JON ROE, SWERVE MAGAZINE

Jake’s Gift tells story of unlikely friendship on the shores of Normandy - BY STEPHEN HUNT, CALGARY HERALD ( 4 stars)

Jake's Gift profound and touching tribute to our war veterans - BY DOUG FIRBY - TROY MEDIA


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