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LILY AND BEAR

LILY AND BEAR 

22nd Oct - details to follow 

Based on the book by Lisa Stubbs. 
Published by Boxer Books. 
Produced by Lily and Bear Productions

Adapted for the stage by Paula Chitty | Direction and Production design by Paula Chitty. | Producers David Bennett and Paula Chitty. | Music by Jill Priest. | Arranged by David Forbes. | Animation by Matt Sandbrook. | Audiovisual operation by John Anderson. 

Cast : Lily – Eleanor Rosser-Smyth  | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

DETAILS TBC

details tbc

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN

Gilbert and Sullivan 

Designs on tour  2022/23 

Top: The Mikado 
Middle: HMS Pinafore
To the Left: Pirates of Penzance 
See Gallery page for full designs.
Designed and painted by Paula Chitty

BEEN AND GONE

LILY AND BEAR

LILY AND BEAR 
5th June 2022  
11.00 AM | 2 PM 
Arts Depo . London 

Based on the book by Lisa Stubbs. 
Published by Boxer Books. 
Produced by Lily and Bear Productions

Adapted for the stage by Paula Chitty | Direction and Production design by Paula Chitty. | Producers David Bennett and Paula Chitty. | Music by Jill Priest. | Arranged by David Forbes. | Animation by Matt Sandbrook. | Audiovisual operation by John Anderson. 

Cast at The Arts Depo were: Lily – Eleanor Rosser-Smyth  | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

ACTION FOR HOMELESS

ACTION FOR HOMELESS

Choir concert with Alban Voices

St.Saviour’s Church, St Albans | 23rd April

Produced by Alban Voices| Action for Homeless

Conductor - Robin White | Musicians - John Wyatt | |Mandy Wyatt | Sudhir Singh | Peter Ashwell | James Burwell | Stage Director / Stage and Project Manager - Paula Chitty . Lighting Nick Taylor | Organiser for Action for Homeless - Kim Hemster .| Bar/ FOH -Siobhan Brinley | Amanda Ward | SuzannebConstantine | Val Groves | Caroline Bradley | Karen McMurray

Choir  - Marianne Johnson | Paula Miller | Ivan Brett | Simon Grant | Roxanne Scott | Sarah Proudlove |Bob Bishop | Des Turner | Margaret McGeorge | Hannah Leonard | Matt Griffin | Geoff Walker |Ros Bell |  Francesca Caine | Clive Seal | Chris Wetherall | Marika Rauscher | Caroline Milton | Ron Hollings | Ed White| Kate Screen | Hila Harrison | Andy Bungay| Rachel Johnson |  Ida Griffith |Tanya Bancroft | Hannah Strange | Jocelyn Miles.

HOME TIME

HOME TIME
 OLD RED LION THEATRE. LONDON
16TH AND 17TH FEB 7.30
Play by David Hendon
Directed by Paula Chitty. 
Performed by Elizabeth George.  
Produced by Irrational Theatre

A meditation on motherhood, Hendon’s writing is first class in this surprising, shocking and heart wrenching monologue, brought to life theatrically by director Paula Chitty and actress, Elizabeth George.

A finalist at The Kenneth Branagh Award in 2017 where it was hailed a triumphSardines Magazine - A Triumph, someone sat behind me and said we should have stood to applaud and I agree. It’s impossible to untangle the roles of writer, director and actor in achieving the outcome but that’s what great theatre is all about, the structure is overlaid with beautiful dialogue. 

**** The Review Hub - The evening’s most horrific story comes with an almighty emotional punch that carefully side steps the sentimental and explores the effect of a shock tragedy on a single mother.

**** Younger Theatre - A tale of love and loss and all that comes with it.

**** Theatre box - A Harrowing piece about motherhood, shock, grief, mundane joys, degradation and celebrations that motherhood entails

 



THE SPERM BANK

THE SPERM BANK
20th October 2021 - 7.30
Finalist 
The  Kenneth Baranagh Award for new writing  
Produced by Windsor Fringe 
Cast: Will Sharp |Paul John Wilson |Michel Chilon | George Green | Eloise Jones . 

Creatives Writer John Wolfson | Direction and Designer -Paula Chitty | Lighting Designer - Chris | Filming – Bob Simpson
MORE INFO ON THE FRINGE HERE

THE IDEA

GUSTAV HOLST THE IDEA 
The Prime Minister has had an Idea…
BROCKLEY JACK STUDIO   
4TH-9TH OCT 2021 
Produced by Irrational Theatre 

...mad hatters welcome  ★★★★ London Theatre 1  

 Deserves to pop up all over the place ... ★★★★  Reviewsgate 
Libretto by Fritz B Hart
Cast: Ross Hobson |Valeria Perboni |Simon Mulligan |Elena Hogg | John Stivey. 

Musicians: Laurie O’Brien |Patrick Vincent. 

Creatives Arrangement -Patrick Vincent | Direction and Designer -Paula Chitty | Sewing assistance – Maureen Chitty | Dance gestures: Elizabeth George | Lighting Designer - Colin Watkeys | Lighting programmer – Eddie Stephens| Lighting operator - Paula Chitty / Peter Hale | Stage Management-  Kate Reynolds | Photographs – Bob Simpson


LILY AND BEAR

RADLETT CENTRE. HERTS

25TH AUGUST 11.30 AND 2 PM

BOOK HERE

Cast: Lily – Emily Yarrow / | Bear – Ross Hobson Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best. Based on the book by Lisa Stubbs. | Published by Boxer Books. | Adapted for the stage by Paula Chitty. | Direction and production design by Paula Chitty. | Executive producers David Bennett and Paula Chitty. | Music by Jill Priest. | Arranged by David Forbes. | Animation by Matt Sandbrook. | Audiovisual operation by John Anderson.

Produced by Lily and Bear Productions



Holst’s The Idea

Online screening

Sunday 22 August 8 pm

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Produced by Irrational Theatre

Gustav Holst’s The Idea – a UK Premier. The Prime Minister has had an idea…. Listen here 20th , 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th June AND 1st and 2nd July MORE INFO

Cast: Ross Hobson |Valeria Perboni |Simon Mulligan |Elena Hogg | John Stivey. Musicians: Laurie O’Brien |Patrick Vincent. Creatives Arrangement -Patrick Vincent | Direction and Designer -Paula Chitty | Sewing assistance – Maureen Chitty | Dance gestures: Elizabeth George | Lighting Designer – Colin Watkeys | Lighting programmer – Eddie Stephens| Lighting operator – Paula Chitty / Peter Hale | Stage Management-  Kate Reynolds | Photographs – Bob Simpson

Produced by Irrational Theatre



THE GRAND

ONLINE SCREENING 26TH FEB 8PM

BOOK TICKETS

MORE INFO

Cast: Thomas Deller |Eloise Jones |Emily O’Mahony Creatives: Writer – David Hendon | Director /Designer -Paula Chitty |Lighting Design -Tim Hayward |Lighting set Nick Taylor / Eddie Stephens|Sound – Paula Chitty | Songs with permission of Fesliyan Studios |Stage Management – Kate Reynolds

Produced by Irrational Theatre



THE GRAND by David Hendon-

Friday 4th Dec 8 pm / Sunday 6th Dec 4 pm and 8 pm St Saviours. Hertfordshire

ORDINARY PEOPLE
UNUSUAL CHOICES
EXTRAORDINARY WARTIME EVENTS IN THE GRAND HOTEL.

Cast: Thomas Deller |Eloise Jones |Emily O’Mahony Creatives: Writer – David Hendon | Director /Designer -Paula Chitty |Lighting Design -Tim Hayward |Lighting set Nick Taylor / Eddie Stephens|Sound – Paula Chitty | Songs with permission of Fesliyan Studios |Stage Management – Kate Reynolds

Produced by Irrational Theatre



LILY AND BEAR

This October half term 24th and 30th

MORE INFO AND BOOK HERE

Cast: Lily – Emily Yarrow / | Bear – Ross Hobson Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best. Based on the book by Lisa Stubbs. | Published by Boxer Books. | Adapted for the stage by Paula Chitty. | Direction and production design by Paula Chitty. | Executive producers David Bennett and Paula Chitty. | Music by Jill Priest. | Arranged by David Forbes. | Animation by Matt Sandbrook. | Audiovisual operation by John Anderson.

Produced by Lily and Bear Productions



LILY AND BEAR

ONLINE Thursday 29th October 11.30

‘The magical power of invention is at the centre of this warm-hearted story celebrating friendship and sharing’ The Guardian Book review.

Cast: Lily – Emily Yarrow / | Bear – Ross Hobson Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best. Based on the book by Lisa Stubbs. | Published by Boxer Books. | Adapted for the stage by Paula Chitty. | Direction and production design by Paula Chitty. | Executive producers David Bennett and Paula Chitty. | Music by Jill Priest. | Arranged by David Forbes. | Animation by Matt Sandbrook. | Audiovisual operation by John Anderson.

Produced by Lily and Bear Productions



SKIN IN THE GAME

by Paul Westwood

Late Night play reading Thursday 15th evening 9 pm

Paul Westwood made his play debut last year. It received  great reviews. Three estranged siblings, living on the edges of society and surviving addiction and abuse meet to sell their father’s council flat to pay for his care home…but what unfolds is something more terrifying…..

‘A riveting and gritty drama that also turns out to be a thriller with a uniquely clever plot, great writing.’
Act drop ★★★★★ Tense, ominous, and hard hitting … a must see for anyone who loves a thriller’
London Pub Theatres ★★★★ Looking on from the edges of the fringe theatre’s upstairs room is like stumbling across something grim in the attic but being too gripped to make a dash for it’ London Theatre 1 ★★★★

Cast: Phil Hooks | Krysia Mansfield | Thomas Deller | Trevor Oakes Creatives : Writer Paul Westwood . Director Paula Chitty | Zoom Host and Technical John Anderson .

Produced by Irrational Theatre



WAITING FOR HAMLET

WINNER – 2018 Kenneth Branagh Award – Online – Sunday 23rd August at 8 pm

Based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet , with a love of the source material and clever and funny Stoppard- esk wordplay
King Hamlet has been poisoned to death under an apple tree and finds himself stranded in a place between heaven and earth …a purgatory waiting room where he encounters the good fool Yorick. Their comic quest for immorality begins…

‘But you’re trying to right the wrong
wrongs! You have no right to re-write
what’s rightly written wrong.’

Cast: Elizabeth George | Edmund Dehn . Creatives : Writer David Visick | . Director / Designer – Paula Chitty | Lighting and Sound – Paula Chitty | Opening music by David Forbes . Filmed / Photographs by Bob Simpson | Zoom Host and Technical John Anderson .

Produced by Irrational Theatre



NEW: Lily and Bear has been featured in Fergie & Friends, the Duchess of York’s YouTube channel! Sarah Ferguson takes you through the story in the video below…

20th May 2020

We have turned it into a musical – watch our stage prono below –
more dates to be announced soon http://www.lilyandbearproductions.com/

Produced by Lily and Bear Productions



G&S SAVING PRINCESS IDA

Director/ Designer

Act 1 Design

Act 2 and 3 Design

This production was due to be staged in June but has been cancelled due to Covid 19

Produced by Irrational Theatre



Merry Wives– Designer

Act 2 . 1920’s Garden

This production was cancelled due to Covid 19

Produced by SACO



New Mikado Design Act 2

Designer

Regional tour

New Mikado Design Act 1

Designer

Regional Tour

Produced by Opera Anywhere



LILY AND BEAR

Hertford Theatre 18/19th Feb

On sale here

Produced by Lily and Bear Productions