Julia Mackey is here on Juno Beach!

We arrived at Juno Beach Centre this morning to a very warm welcome. It was wonderful to meet all the staff and everyone was so friendly and inviting. We are very excited about sharing Le Cadeau de Jake in the exact location where so many Canadians landed on D-Day and the days that followed. The first time I came to Courseulles and JBC was in June 2004 for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life, and so it means the world to me that we are here to share this story in the very place and area that inspired me to write the play.

We had a chance to tour the JBC Museum a few days after we arrived in Courseulles. It was a very moving experience. The whole centre is a thoughtful and moving tribute to the sacrifices and struggles that were endured by so many.

June 3rd will be a very special evening. It was four years ago when I first contacted the JBC about bringing the play to JBC, and so it is a great honour and dream come true that we are getting to share this story at Juno Beach Centre and with the local people. We are so grateful to the JBC and to everyone who has helped make this dream come true.

Julia Mackey
Courseulles-sur-Mer, May 29 2017

Photo by Tim Matheson

Dispatches from Juno shares all the news, events, and stories from the Juno Beach Centre in France and Canada. Interested in contributing a story to the blog? Email the editor at jbca@junobeach.org.

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