what people are saying : Reviews

2018  – Triptych of Comic Operas- Kings Head Theatre . London

★★★★ Stuart Review

Modern operas with an irrational twist” 

★★★★ Pub Theatres Review  
As I left the theatre I felt like yodelling along with the score, and I’ve not said that since
I saw Frank Ifield live in 1984. 
★★★ The Gizzler Review
Who said opera had to be stuffy, dense and obtuse? Irrational Theatre presented not one but three miniature one act operas full of frivolity, each as absurd as the last. 
It may not have been the most refined or sophisticated evening of opera,
but its whimsy was infectious. Sometimes fun comes in small packages.
 ★★★ Reviewed by Anthony Evans. Planet Hugill

It is always a pleasure to see little known works, but you never know quite what you’re going to get. Irrational Theatre came to the King’s Head yesterday evening What it did have was bags of energy, complete with comedy accents, that made the silliness of this charming operette such fun. If they had been able to inject that energy into The Proposal it may have been more engaging. 


★★★★   ★★★★   ★★★★  ★★★★  Publications to follow

The Space. London

In Home Time by  David Hendon, 

Directed by Paula Chitty,  Cast. Elizabeth George.


  ‘A triumph ‘ Sardine publications

2017 – Kenneth Branagh Award for New Wring . Home Time by David Hendon. Directed by Paula Chitty


2017 Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

Maltings Arts Theatre. St Albans. 

A Great Little Night Out …. Clever use of minimal props, pinpoint timing from performers and Paula’s clear vision of how it should be staged in such a small space. It was a revelation.

Even byte publication



Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci – Arcola Grimeborn Festival . London 

Directed and designed by Paula Chitty  30th August –  3rd September 2016 


2015 Feb Director/ Designer Three Wayfarers Opera Anywhere.
17-21st New opera Orchestra. Cast 15 Unicorn Theatre. Abingdon

‘The Three Wayfarers makes for splendid entertainment and is guaranteed to send the audience home with a smile. ‘Stephen Connock MBE Chairman Albion Records

Had a great time watching a new opera The Three Wayfarers at The Unicorn Theatre, Very enjoyable performance!Jane May

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


2015 Jan Director/ Designer Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi White Bear Theatre.
6-17th Producer (Opera) Cast 10. Piano London

2015 Jan Director/Designer Menotti’s The Telephone White Bear Theatre
6-17th Producer Sullivan’s Cox and Box London
(Opera /New writing) Norland’s Cycle

Smashes opera’s cosy convention with a laugh- London theatre Bubble

The entire performance was a complete delight, a cast of 10 accompanied by a young BBC
Piano finalist ensure a great success. John Manning. Herts Advertiser

 ‘Sublime singing, performed with gusto. It wraps Menotti’s The Telephone around Arthur Sullivan’s Cox and Box and a new play. First rate and compelling. It is well worth going along.’


2014 June Designer / Director Gilbert and Sullivan’s Opera Anywhere.
Costumes.(Opera) The Mikado orchestra/piano regional Tour

Review. ‘Entertaining production, plenty to enjoy with a cast of mainly young
Professional delivering Gilbert’s humour with evident relish.’


2014 March Designer Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte St Albans Chamber Opera
(opera) Abbey Theatre. Herts.
Review: Excellent set design by Paula Chitty – John Manning


2013 Nov Director/ (Musical pantomime)Bedford’s Cinderella and irrational theatre
Designer and costumes The Soul Sisters. The Maltings Theatre.

Review: ‘It was hilarious. Performed by an enthusiastic cast with a penchant for quick changes. Paula Chitty directed with all the originality an audience have come to expect’


2013 May Director/ Designer Romeo and Juliet irrational theatre
9th – 19th producer/ Costumes Shakespeare Maltings Theatre. St Albans

Review’One of the best interpretations of the play I have ever seen and I have seen a few…
not only was it quirky, but it had a freshness that local theatre often lacks’


2013 April Director (Play) Improbable Fiction
9 – 13th Designer Alan Ayckbourn GBS STUDIO Rada. London

Review ‘Clear vision of director Paula Chitty’ ‘showing truth and daring – a convincing fiction’


2013 March Director/Designer Carmen – Bizet St Albans Chamber Opera
18 – 24rd (opera) cast 30 + orchestra

Review ‘A very high standard of production’


2012 Oct Director (Opera) Trial by Jury St Albans Chamber Opera
Designer Gilbert and Sullivan Maltings Theatre. Herts

Review:’Probably the most amusing production of the show I have ever seen. Paula Chitty demonstrated with minimal resources and enthusiastic performers a really impressive show can be presented’


2012 June Director (Opera) The Mikado Opera Anywhere, Regional Tour
Tour Designer/Costumes Gilbert and Sullivan

Review: ‘Delightful performance with really excellent singing!’


2011 Nov Director (Play) The Comedy of Errors irrational theatre
24th – 3rd Dec Designer and costumes Shakespeare Maltings Theatre. Herts

Review The Comedy of Errors. An Errors inspired by Fawlty Towers eh? What an excellent idea!
a wonderful homage to a classic show. Really fun and very accessible Shakespeare. Paula Chitty made an inspired choice by setting it in Budleigh Salterton on the English Riviera with a trio of excellent singers’


2011 June Director (Opera) Dragon of Wantley-Lampe St Albans Chamber Opera

Review. ‘Dragon roars for Chamber show’


2010 Oct Designer (Play) Proof Norden Arts Theatre
19-23rd David Auburn Maidenhead

Review: ‘Paula Chitty did a great job with the set design, the purpose build back of a house and porch was well designed and presented’


2009 May Designer (Play) Hughie irrational theatre
19-23rd co Director Eugene O’Neil Abbey Theatre Studio. St Albans.
Review: ‘A very compelling production by irrational theatre…a bijou production by any standard’








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