New West Theatre is doing something a little different for the Canadian play portion of their series. They are bringing in a touring production of the one person show “Jakes Gift” at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Oct 1-11.
“ It started out as a Fringe festival show on the west coast and audiences fell in love with it, so it has been touring constantly across the country for almost a decade,” said New West Theatre artistic director Jeremy Mason.
The play was written back in 2007 and is performed by Julia Mackey and directed by Dirk Van Stralen.
The story focusses on a Second World War veteran, Jake revisiting the site of Juno beach for the 60th anniversary of the invasion where he meets a precocious 10-year-old girl, Isabelle and reminisces about the past, particularly the death of his older brother Chester, who was a promising musician.
“It’s a great balance of history and is a very human, emotional comedy,” Mason continued.
“ Because of the age difference between the two characters, it's a beautiful play. It’s funny, but it is a backdrop of war and how it affects Canadians and people in the world,” he continued adding the play puts war into a human context, so in addition to their regular productions, they are adding extra performances just for local schools.
“ We’ll be having a few student specific performances. So it will be an opportunity for junior high students to come and watch the performances.