See the Stones in a totally different light

A previous visit of the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group to the Rollright Stones
A previous visit of the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group to the Rollright Stones

Prepare to be spooked by the supernatural, with a chilling new play performed in the atmospheric surroundings of the Rollright Stones.

As the sun sets on the horizon on Saturday, June 13, audiences are promised a gripping outdoor performance of ‘Summer Solstice’.

The haunting play, written by Oxfordshire based writer Marie-Annick Jubé, will provide the climax to an enchanting day filled with ancient country crafts, story-telling and astronomy at the historic site near Chipping Norton.

The gates to the site will open at 2.30pm for the Summer Stones and Ancient Magic event, where there will be demonstrations of weaving, spoon carving and dowsing on offer, as well as traditional tales from professional storytellers.

Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group will also be present to help people learn about the heavens through sun and star gazing.

It is anticipated that the performance of Summer Solstice will begin later at 9.15pm.

The play’s narrative follows the fate of a Mother, Father and daughter, who decide to visit the site at summer solstice. The three characters - each with very different agendas - encounter a world conjuring up a ghost, fairies and knights.

Producer and events co-ordinator Ambereene Hitchcox said: “The whole event is for people to really enjoy the site and get them thinking about what goes on around that monument. I want them to be really chilled and in the right frame of mind before the play.”

The Rollright Stones have long been the subject of myth and legend, including a tale that the circle was formed when a witch turned a King and his men to stone.

Using this as a springboard, Marie-Annick has taken the tale one step further for her play by incorporating claims from a number of visitors that they have seen or sensed the spirit of a little girl on the site.

Tickets for the event are available from and Chipping Norton Theatre box office on 01608 642350.

All proceeds raised from ticket purchases will be donated to the Rollright Trust, which is dedicated to the care of the stones and promoting youth theatre in the local area.