Fun at the Festival - Arcola Theatre - August 24th 25th and 26th
The Telephone, or L'Amour à trois is an English-language comic opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti . Ben bearing a gift, comes to visit Lucy at her apartment; he wants to propose to her before he leaves on a trip. Despite his attempts, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the telephone.
Lucy – Samantha Green (soprano)
Ben Sebastian Charlesworth(Baritone)
Additional non-speaking parts – Katy Bingham – Best
Cox and Box (The long-lost Brothers) is a one act comic opera with libretto by F. C Bernard and music by Arthur Sullivan. It was Sullivan’s first successful comic opera. The story concerns a landlord who lets a room to two lodgers, one who works at night and the other who works during the day. When one of them has a day off, they meet each other in the room. Tempers Flare. They discover they are both betrothed to the same women...will it end happily?
Cox – Sebastian Charlesworth (Baritone)
Box – Joseph O’Gorman ( Tenor)
Bouncer – Roger Mullis (Countertenor)
Cycle is a short comic play by Joanna Norland, which takes a real life neighbourly dispute over 'right of way' as its inspiration
Stuart – Joseph O’Gorman
Julia – Samantha Green
Miranda/ Veronica – Katy Bingham- Best
Singer Kieran Cummins
Produced by irrational theatre
Director and Designer – Paula Chitty
Lighting and Costumes- Paula Chitty
MD and rehearsal pianist Peter Jones
Pianist – Odette Cotton
Stage Manager/ Lighting/ Sound operation Kate Reynolds.
About the show.
A good marriage is a fusion between opera and new writing says Irrational
Irrational Theatre will be bringing their latest show Fun at the Festival: A fusion of comic opera and Fresh New writing to The Arcola Grimeborn festival on 24th, 25th and 26th August
This ground-breaking production will offer audiences a fusion of opera and new playwriting and is the latest in the company’s quest to create fresh, original, innovative staged entertainment.
The director and designer is Paula Chitty, who was responsible for last year’s well-received Il Pagliaci by Leoncavallo. Irrational productions are always hugely creative, inventive and enjoyable and this show will be no different.
Paula said: “We’re marrying opera with new playwriting and focusing on introducing audiences to something they may not have tried before. So, if you like opera, you’ll get to sample new writing. And if you like new writing, you will get to hear some pretty good opera. The evening will feature two short operatic pieces, A Proposal is Made by Menotti, next up Two lodgers sharing the same room in Cox and Box by Sullivan – this work was originally written with a countertenor in the role of Bouncer, later editions saw the change to baritone. We have decided for this production to revert to its original and a new play, Cycle by Joanna Norland’
Sondheim' s A Little Night Music- Director / Designer . Irrational theatre
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Cast: Matthew Gregory, Charlotte Gregory . Peter Martin, Don Kaye, Kimberly Kaye. Leila Saleh, Katy Bingham Best. Jenna Clemence
Director / Designer - Paula Chitty
Costumes Paula Chitty / Maureen Chitty
Pianist /MD Peter Jones
Dance Choreorahy - Abigail Montalto
LX Bob Grover
Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance - Designer - SACO
Designed by Paula Chitty
for Saco March 2017
Stubb's Lily and Bear - Director/ Adaptation - Royal Albert Hall + Tour
Lily and Bear By Lisa Stubbs .Directed and adapted to stage by Paula Chitty. February 2017 - on tour
With songs and animation - Once in a while, along comes the perfect picture book, bearing the hallmarks of a true classic.
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Albert Hall Elgar Room 11.30 and 2 pm
The Maltings Arts Theatre Feb 15th / 16th at 2 pm and 4 pm
Arcola Theate Sun 19th Feb 11.30 and 2 pm
It premieres at the Royal Albert Hall Lily loves Bear and Bear loves Lily. Lily loves to draw - and one day she draws Bear. Lily and Bear are best friends. And being friends means taking turns. A truly magical book about the give and take of friendship. Extraordinary NEW talent with an extraordinary NEW picture book - an instant classic!
‘The magical power of invention is at the centre of this warm-hearted story celebrating friendship and sharing’ The Guardian
Director and Production Design Paula Chitty
Publicity and Production David Bennett.
Produced by Lily and Bear Productions
Book author and illustrator Lisa Stubbs
Published by Boxer Books
Music and Lyrics by Jill Priest, arranged by David Forbes.
Animation by Matt Sandbrook
Lily - Emily Yarrow.
Bear - Andre Refig
Narration/puppeteer - Katy Bingham- Best
Great Britain- New Writing - Direction - irrational theatre
Great Britain – An Evening of fresh new work
Directed and designed by Paula Chitty . October 2016
The Maltings Arts Theatre. 27th October at 8 pm.
Including a winning play from The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Writing, a fun satire and some dance theatre. Join us for a fun evening of new work all about the country you love so much; Great Britain.
Katy Bingham Best, Sam Green, Dewi Williams and Vince McClouglin
No Cure yet for the Horse Chestnut – by Katy Walker.
Christo’s expertise and passion for trees brings him to Britain to find the solution to the diseased Horse Chestnut, but he encounters more than he bargained for. This was one of the 3 winning plays of The Kenneth Branagh Award from 309 submissions from 15 counties
The Voyages of Captain Ridley – by Yann Allsop
Wolves, coconuts, a man with a wooden leg… Moby Dick meets Sense and Sensibility, a one-man whirlwind piece of physical storytelling that will whisk you from the icy wilderness of the arctic to an English country manor, with storms, death and long johns.
The Green Man – By Peter Hale
Diversity in the work place - Your English right? I gotta value and respect every individual’s unique contribution to this company and seek to ensure that no one group or individual is disadvantaged…. It’s a creative opportunity to embrace, respond to and be relevant.
Free Bingo - by Paula Chitty/ irrational theatre
Born as Beano, bellowed as Bingo. In 1960 Britain was greeted by Bingo. How it came to captivate 3 million UK players.
Thursday 27th October 8 pm
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci - Director /Designer - Arcola Grimeborn Festival
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci - Arcola Grimeborn Festival . London
Directed and designed by Paula Chitty 30th August - 3rd September 2016
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (new adaptation - sung in Italian) and ..
Box office: BOX OFFICE - 020 7503 1646 opens 12:30-18:00 Monday to Saturday
Full details to be updated soon.
Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors- Director / Designer - Chiltern outdoor
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci- Director /Designer - Arts Theatre , West End
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (Newly adapted - Sung in Italian with irrational surtitles)
The Arts Theatre. West End. London Jan 2016
First performed at the Maltings Arts Theatre. Hertfordshire - Sept 2015
Cast and Creatives
Canio / Pagliacci - Randy Nicol.
Nedda / Colombina - Samantha Green.
Silvio / Stage Manager- James Schouten
Tonia / Taddeo - Katy Bingham Best.
Peppe / Arlechino - Pete Martin
Director/Designer/Costumes - Paula Chitty.
Adaptation by Paula Chitty
Music Director - Peter Jones.
Pianists Simon Haynes, Julian Trevelyan / Page Turner- Peter Trevelyan
Lighting - Bob Grover /Lighting Asst. Jack Hitch. Kate Reynolds.
Stage Management/Props. Paula Chitty
Super seamstress – Maureen Chitty
E Nesbit's Railway Children- Director / Designer - Odney Estate outdoor
Odney Club. 22nd. 23rd 24th July. wegottickets.com
It’s been a delight to work on E.Nesbit’s much loved classic; The Railway children, with a very enthusiastic team and charming cast who have worked very hard to stage this production in a short period.
We have been fortunate enough to acquire use of the original music score and the fitting setting of Grove House in the idyllic grounds of Odney, Cookham,
Welcome to a story full of innocence, charm and imagination as we follow the lives of young Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis whose father has mysteriously been taken away. Now the family must face upheaval from London to Yorkshire, adventure and growing up, friendship and magic as they seek help and start to unravel the mystery
A beautiful and nostalgic tale, faithfully adapted by Mike Kenny ‘You don’t need a real train to perform this play…the most powerful prop is the imagination’
We hope you enjoy watching this fast paced staging, of a play that has captivated generations.
Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party - Director /Designer - Rada/ The Barn/Maltings - irrational theatre
Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party
Party time hits the high notes - Herts Advertiser.
Directed and Designed by Paula Chitty
The Maltings Theatre. St Albans. 16th.17th and 18th April 2015
The Barn Theatre. Wewlyn Garden City Sept 2015
Cast and review link to follow
Menotti's Old Maid and The Thief-Director/Designer -Oxford Tour - OperaAnywhere
Menotti's Old Maid and The Thief. - uniquely and imaginatively reflected in Paula Chitty’s set design and direction. Oxford Times
Directed and Designed by Paula Chitty
Produced by Opera Anywhere.
The Old Maid and the Thief – A one act comic opera by Gian Carlo Menotti
Uniquely and imaginatively reflected in Paula Chitty's set design and direction - Oxford Times
Under the surface of a small, quaint town lies a plethora if secrets.
A comic and twisted tale of morals and evil womanly power in Gian Carlo Menotti's radio opera, reworked to a fully staged version.
‘uniquely and imaginatively reflected in Paula Chitty’s design and direction’ (Oxford Times) Includes the beautiful arias ‘What curse for a woman, is a timid man (Steal me, sweet thief),” and “When The Air Sings of Summer,”
The Three Wayfarers- New opera - Director/Designer - Opera Anywhere
Brand new opera ‘The Three Wayfarers’ composed by John Whittaker
Directed and Designed by Paula Chitty
Produced by Opera Anywhere.
‘The Three Wayfarers makes for splendid entertainment and is guaranteed to send the audience home with a smile. ‘
Stephen Connock MBE Chairman Albion Records
Review: Had a great time watching a new opera The Three Wayfarers at The Unicorn Theatre, Very enjoyable performance!Jane May
Review : Loved John Whittaker’s new opera Three Wayfarers this evening – wonderful piece! Congrats on another great production. Fab cast . Special mention for excellent 13-year-old fiddler. Nicola Lisle