Circle the Wagons

Circle Around the Centre is excited to have Marlane O’Brien and Margie Carmichael as speakers for its third luncheon series. Come on March 14 at noon to Studio 1 for the much see event.


O’Brien and Carmichael will talk about their experience creating Stories from the Red Dirt Road which will make its world premiere at The 2018 Charlottetown Festival.  Adapted by O’Brien from the book “And My Name Is…Stories from The Quilt” by Carmichael, this is a funny, inspiring, heartfelt piece of four Island stories woven together through song and the red dirt road itself that joins our lives together.

Tickets are $25, to be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 902 566-1267 (toll-free 1-800-565-0278) or online through the box office).

Upcoming Speakers: Dean Constable, April 11, speaking on the generational impact of the Centre on Islanders. He will share stories and anecdotes from his own life and career at the Centre, from his days as a toddler wandering backstage, to a dance umbrella student, to the General Manager of Theatre.  Also coming up on May 16: Karen Jans speaking on the Province House conservation process; and on June 13 a tribute to artist Brian Burke

A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to The Circle Around the Centre Fund of the Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation. This fund was created by Catherine Hennessey with the purpose to commemorate and celebrate notable individuals and special occasions that have a significant importance or connection to the Centre and its rich history.

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From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

The Charlottetown Festival is hosting a special play reading on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 PM in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery to mark World Theatre Day.

The free public reading is of Stories From the Quilt, directed and adapted by Marlane O’Brien from the story collection, as well as And My Name Is…Stories From The Quilt by Island writer, Margie Carmichael. The animated play reading will feature O’Brien, Artistic Director Adam Brazier, Donnie MacPhee, Melissa Mullen, Julie Pellissier-Lush, and others.


Stories From the Quilt follows four short stories focusing on ordinary women with extraordinary skills, gifts, and strengths. They live next door or far away, shadowed by fear or absence of recognition. Each of these Island-centred tales balances humour and pathos, featuring a different lead – Tansie, Anna, Flora, and Olivia – and exploring themes of survival, forgiveness, and renewal. Led by O’Brien, a long-time Charlottetown Festival favourite, the script was workshopped last summer as part of the Festival development series with a group of notable performers from across Canada, including Jay Davis, Bruce Dow, Natasha Greenblatt, and Jan Alexandra Smith.

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is marked annually by theatre communities worldwide. It celebrates the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace and promotes and protects cultural diversity and identity.