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Inspired by the sacredness and healing power of sharing stories,  
Into the Circle Theatre facilitates storytelling and theatrical gatherings with the hopes of nourishing souls, opening hearts, inspiring minds,
and alighting the spirits.

Into the Circle Theatre's
Inaugural Show
Premiering at the 2023 Ottawa Fringe Festival 

Stars, Stones, and Shadows

A Heroine's Tale

Mysticism. Magic. And lore. Traverse into the shadows of our heroine's journey, into the Otherworld, sacredly held by some of Ireland's most ancient and prolific goddesses.  


With the sturdy guidance and powerful presence of Queen Macha, the Morrigan, and Brigid, our heroine goes within, as she remembers:


Her feelings are nothing to fear.


Her magic is her gift to the world.


Her voice is her power.


And her healing is hers to weave - if she is open to listening to the wisdom of her body and spirit.

Show Art by: Devyn Sharpe, Sharpe Illusions Tatto0

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“I wanted to hear [Joseph] Campbell's views. I was surprised when he responded that women don't need to make the journey. ‘In the whole of mythological tradition the woman is there.  All she has to do is to realize that she’s the place that people are trying to get to.’ ” 

(Murdock, 2020, p.2)


Joseph Campbell got it wrong;

When the Divine Feminine Rises,

She has a journey to

Remember and Reclaim

All Her Own.


~ Erica O’Reilly (Into the Circle Theatre’s, Creative Visionary)

Into the Circle Theatre’s inaugural show Stars, Stones, and Shadows: A Heroine’s Tale will premiere to national capital audiences, from June 15-25, 2023, at the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Inspired by Irish mythology and the work of Maureen Murdock (The Heroine’s Journey: Women’s Quest for Wholeness), Stars, Stones, and Shadows: A Heroine’s Tale will enchant audiences’ hearts and souls as they dance between realms during this theatrical gathering.
Set within The Burren caves, and ending at Hag's Head (Cliffs of Mohr), journey with Saoirse as she navigates the currents of life, death, and rebirth, as a she re-members and reconnects with the wisdom of her body, the power of her voice, and the magic of her spirit.

For just as the spirit, the land, and the goddesses of Éire (Ireland) illuminate our heroine’s path of

remembrance, healing, and reclamation; this journey together may just inspire your own.

Created and Performed By:  Erica O'Reilly

Show dates and times:

Thursday June 15 @ 6:30pm

Saturday June 17 @ 11:00pm

Sunday June 18 @ 7:30pm

Wednesday June 21 @ 10:30pm

Saturday June 24 @ 8:00pm

Sunday June 25 @ 2:00pm




Into the Circle Theatre's
Creative Visionary

Erica O'Reilly

As a spiritual counsellor, ordained minister (through the Sacred Stream Foundation; in Berkeley, California), and sacred storyteller, Erica's heart and soul centred work is grounded in creating sacred spaces where souls feel seen and heard. She believes in the embodied healing power of the human body and spirit; and that there is powerful medicine in storytelling.

Erica's eclectic background in the performing arts has taken her all over the world, including: Ottawa (Ottawa Storytellers, 9th Hour Theatre), Toronto (Theatre @ York; Bachelor of Arts, Specialized Honours in Theatre), Italy (ACLE) and New York (American Academy of Dramatic Arts).

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