Play com­ing to Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The play Jake’s Gift will be at the Princess She­lia NaGeira Theatre in Car­bon­ear Fri­day, March 25 as part of its pro­vin­cial tour.

The pow­er­ful drama by Juno Pro­duc­tions is about a Sec­ond World War vet­eran who re­luc­tantly re­turns to Nor­mandy, France, for the 60th an­niver­sary of the DDay in­va­sion.

Di­rected by Dirk Van Stralen the multi-award win­ning play was writ­ten and is per­formed by Ju­lia Mackey. Mackey’s visit to Nor­mandy for the 60th an­niver­sary of D-Day in­spired her to write the work.

“ I spent a week at­tend­ing the cer­e­monies, walk­ing the beaches and in­ter­view­ing dozens of Cana- dian vet­er­ans who had re­turned for the cer­e­monies,” said Mackey.

“ It was the most mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence I ever had, and I left France de­ter­mined and in­spired to share that ex­pe­ri­ence with other Cana­di­ans.”

Af­ter it tours this prov­ince, Jake’s Gift will have been per­formed in over 120 com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.

Mackey says she has re­ceived hun­dreds of emails and let­ters from Cana­di­ans telling her about their own “ Jake” and how much the story made them re­con­nect to the im­por­tance of re­mem­brance.

Show­time for the Car­bon­ear per­for­mance is 8 p. m.

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