About irrational


is for welcome to irrational theatre .

 irrational theatre specialises in producing and supporting the best of British.
Composers, librettists , playwrights and authors . If you have a script, opera score or English libretto and you wish to send it in for consideration –
please email info@irrationaltheatre.co.uk


is for Imagination

It exists to create fresh, quirky concepts of the best of British opera and plays,  hidden gems and new writing. Producing imaginative and innovative productions, taking pride in creating unique productions that reflect irrational’s values. It is run by Paula Chitty, who is a freelance director and designer, with the help of many others, who you’ll find listed under our productions page.


is for Innovation

A passion for the innovative. Introducing and winning people around to a new vision… dip your toe in… the water’s warm. Big or small, the drive and passion to create moves us to succeed, moves us to inspire, moves us to be our best, moves us on to bring the director and designer’s dream to life. Moves us to share our creativity with those who are interested, moves us to welcome in new and diverse audiences. It’s all or nothing. you love it, sometimes you hate it… but you are extremely passionate about it. It’s glamour and it is the grit. They come hand in hand and are both vital to the success.


is for Inspiring

It is essential we attract excellent creatives, developing fresh ideas, operate an efficient, financially aware set up. It’s not just about today’s project. It’s about our future. It’s about nurturing and rewarding people’s hard work. It is our passion that will drive us on, it is our administration that will keep us ticking. I have been directing, designing and running irrational theatre for several years now. I have an excellent reputation and a unique style. I have learnt a great deal on the way… not only artistically but about the importance of administration, efficient budgeting and that it takes a great deal more than an idea, it takes me and you.


is for I thank you

From the stamp on the envelope to the stamp of a foot on the stage. Staging a production is never easy… it involves a lot of hard work from the performer to props person. Inspirational productions  incredible casts and creatives. Industrious Stage and props manager.


is for… I couldn’t do it without you.


is for, I thank you 😉

Paula Chitty is also a freelance Stage Director  | Stage Designer | Costumes and runs irrational theatre and co runs lily and bear productions


Thanks to our sponsors below.

The Arts Council 2021 |The Holst Foundation 2021

supporting Holst’s The Idea


The Really useful Group 2019


Alan Ayckbourn


Nia Williams and Lew Hodges

Pagliacci at the Kings Head Theatre  2018 .


The e-cigarettes in Abigail’s  Party were kindly donated by

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 Something Old, New, Borrowed and You!!!
Thank You. June 2013

Special thanks to Lew Hodges and Imogen De La Bere for their support.

Thanks to the following sponsors of the opera/new writing medley.

Lew Hodges
Francis Taylor Building


“specialists in planning, land valuation,

infrastructure & environmental law

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Mike  and Vanessa Woodward / Opera Anywhere

Gerry Wilkinson. Guy Fairbank, Gareth Morris

Thanks also goes to
the following supporters of this project
Wendy Ibbison, Don and Jean Wetherly. Amanda Derrick.Sebastian Charlesworth.. John Heath. Roy Chasmar.Oliver Thompson.Samantha Green.David Bracey.

Something old, new, borrowed and you!…THIS PROJECT IS NOW SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED.