Celtic Circle is a theatre company created to promote the unsung Scottish heroes of Literature and art, to reveal unexpected Scottish connections, to adapt Celtic myths and legends and unknown Scottish fiction for the stage, using theatre, video and mixed media.
Celtic Circle comprises Rose MacLennan Craig, art critic and writer, who has also worked a lot with children at risk and Richard White, who has worked in publishing, the film industry and now in the theatre, bringing a wide experience in all areas of the company's ambitions.
Celtic Circle’s first production was Farewell Miss Julie Logan, adapted by Rose MacLennan Craig from a novella by J.M. Barrie, which played to full houses at Greyfriars Kirk House as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2005. This production went on to tour in Scotland in late 2005 and 2006 with performances in the Highlands, including in the glen that inspired Barrie’s original story.
In 2006 Celtic Circle created Violet Jacob’s voices of Angus, a community entertainment with short plays, poems and songs celebrating the Scottish vernacular poet and presenting it at the House of Dun in Scotland. It included the famous Dundee folk singer, the late Jim Reid. It had enthusiastic response.
Their recent production is The Mythmakers about the unexpected friendship between Scott of the Antarctic and J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. After several readings and a London West End production, it had a special preview performance at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London's West End, before going to New York for Fringe NYC in 2013, where it played to great success at the Teatro Latea on the Lower East Side in August 2013. The cast was the same as at the Charing Cross Theatre the previous year, Jonathan Hansler and Steve Hay in a production with the So & So Arts Club and Purple Hays Productions, directed by Sarah Jane Berger. There is now a radio adaptation by the same authors.
" The play (like I am certain Barrie and Scott themselves) is extremely verbal and intelligent"
Constance Rodgers, Usher
"Their relationship, portrayed with great feeling by Steve Hay (Barrie) and Jonathan Hansler (Scott) is quietly engaging"
We are grateful for contributions to the considerable cost of productions of the Mythmakers. You can contribute by clicking the Donate button below or by sending a cheque to Celtic Circle at 13 Clifton Road, Whitstable CT5 1DQ