Company: Juno Productions, Vancouver, BC
Venue: 16 - PTE – Mainstage
Julia Mackey makes war personal, singular. One veteran who returns to Juno Beach on the 60th anniversary of D Day, and one French child from Juno who challenges and befriends him.
What can I say about a show that has already appeared in Winnipeg, several times, and across the entire country, to well deserved acclaim?
Just this. It is challenging to tell the story of war, especially the story of World War ll as it fades away into our collective unconscious. Documentaries recount the battles, and veterans often rely heavily on facts and numbers in order to distance themselves from the horrors of armed conflict.
Julia Mackey makes war personal, singular. One veteran who returns to Normandy on the 60th anniversary of D Day, and one French child from Juno who challenges and befriends him.
Portraying all of the characters in this one woman show, Mackey's transitions are so skillful that what astonishes at the start becomes the essential warp and woof of the show.
She is the veteran of war torn Europe, and the child who must remember, and the grandmother who can never forget. As are we all.
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