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Aug 2008 | VICTORIA FRINGE FESTIVAL


John Threlfall | MONDAY MAGAZINE | ★★★★★


If you missed Julia Mackey’s award-winning debut at the Fringe last year, or her return to this year’s UNO Fest, please, please, don’t pass up the chance to see Jake’s Gift.


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.



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