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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 triumph Sardines 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 3 | 4 NOV 2024 | 5 PM / 7.30PM Play by David Hendon Directed by Paula Chitty. Performed by Elizabeth George.

THE HOPE AND ANCHOR | LONDON N1

Following a successful evening on the St. Albans’ music scene at The Hub on Verulam | Irrational  heads to The Hope and Anchor | London's most famous live music vene to present a refreshing and reflective night of orginal songs by John Knowles | Ed Coan | Zak Stinchcombe - Three great guitarists present their own music | Comtemporary Folk | Rock | Ballards | Pop and Reggae.

One Night | Three troubadours | Multiple song journeys.

Kicking-off on Wednesday 25 Sept 2024 at The Hope and Anchor. NI www.hopeandanchor.info

Songwriters John Knowles, Ed Coan and Zak Stinchcombe will take the audience on a journey through their individual songwriting lives. Expect well-observed songs of life, love and loss – and well, you’ll have to come along to hear what else is in store


PARK THEATRE 200 | LONDON

Based on the book by Lisa Stubbs.  
Produced by Lily and Bear Productions
Adapted for the stage by Paula Chitty | Direction and Production design by Paula Chitty. | Music by Jill Priest. | Arranged by David Forbes. | Animation by Matt Sandbrook. | Audio-visual operation John Anderson & Eddie Stephens Cast: Lily –Eleanor Rosser- Smyth and Valeria Perboni | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

LILY AND BEAR PARK THEATRE 200 https://parktheatre.co.uk/event/lily-and-bear/

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THE COCKPIT | LONDON

Gustav Holst’s The Idea
Discover the delight of this little known, family fun, theatrical operetta, which is undertaking its UK premier this year. The Prime Minister has had an Idea….
This early and tuneful composition by English composer Gustav Holst is an unexpected far throw from his best known orchestral suite The Planets. Holst’s collaboration with his 22 year old contemporary of The Royal College of Music Fritz B Hart fuses a sharp, witty and satirical libretto, Holst’s catchy tunes, inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan, woven into a joyful fresh new arrangement by Patrick Vincent.
In a witty and surreal adapted staging by director Paula Chitty. The Prime Minister of this great and glorious country interrupts the wacky court of a rambling king and clown faced queen to announce his great Idea.

**** ReviewsGate. It is performed and sung with relish – Valaria Perboni has has a nicely acid touch as HM and John Stivey bumbles to the manner born as the PM – by the entire cast. It is a rare delight staged with wit -director Chitty did the Costume and set design – and deserves to pop up all over place on the fringe and around after this short season. And the relevance to today needs no pointing up.

**** LondonTheatre1 Paula Chitty’s direction of this unexpected piece is taut and witty, with John Stivey and Valeria Perboni doing that ongoing English dance of P.M. and H.M. with edge and deftness.
Irrational Theatre specialises in the Best of British opera and plays – librettists, composers and playwrights.
 
Composer - Gustav Holst
Librettist - Fritz B Hart
Arrangement – Patrick Vincent
Director /designer – Paula Chitty
Dance gestures – Elizabeth George
Stage Management – Kate Reynolds
 
Cast :
Charles Nayler
Valeria Perboni
Jamie Blake
Rosie Taylor
John Stivey

Musicians:
Joy Mendelsohn
Patrick O’Donovan
Amber Nixon

THE COURTYARD | LONDON

Gustav Holst’s The Idea
Discover the delight of this little known, family fun, theatrical operetta, which is undertaking its UK premier this year. The Prime Minister has had an Idea….
This early and tuneful composition by English composer Gustav Holst is an unexpected far throw from his best known orchestral suite The Planets. Holst’s collaboration with his 22 year old contemporary of The Royal College of Music Fritz B Hart fuses a sharp, witty and satirical libretto, Holst’s catchy tunes, inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan, woven into a joyful fresh new arrangement by Patrick Vincent.
In a witty and surreal adapted staging by director Paula Chitty. The Prime Minister of this great and glorious country interrupts the wacky court of a rambling king and clown faced queen to announce his great Idea.

**** ReviewsGate. It is performed and sung with relish – Valaria Perboni has has a nicely acid touch as HM and John Stivey bumbles to the manner born as the PM – by the entire cast. It is a rare delight staged with wit -director Chitty did the Costume and set design – and deserves to pop up all over place on the fringe and around after this short season. And the relevance to today needs no pointing up.

**** LondonTheatre1 Paula Chitty’s direction of this unexpected piece is taut and witty, with John Stivey and Valeria Perboni doing that ongoing English dance of P.M. and H.M. with edge and deftness.
Irrational Theatre specialises in the Best of British opera and plays – librettists, composers and playwrights.
 
Composer - Gustav Holst
Librettist - Fritz B Hart
Arrangement – Patrick Vincent
Director /designer – Paula Chitty
Dance gestures – Elizabeth George
Stage Management – Kate Reynolds
 
Cast :
Charles Nayler
Valeria Perboni
Jamie Blake
Rosie Taylor
John Stivey

Musicians:
Joy Mendelsohn
Patrick O’Donovan
Amber Nixon

BEEN AND GONE

THE HUB ON VERULAM | ST ALBANS

Original addition to St. Albans’ music scene | Irrational  presents a refreshing and reflective night of orginal songs by John Knowles | Ed Coan | Zak Stinchcombe - Three great guitarists present their own music | Comtemporary Folk | Rock | Ballards | Pop and Reggae.

One Night | Three troubadours | Multiple song journeys.

There are any number of evenings and places in St. Albans you can listen to bands and solo artists singing covers of well-known songs. But there’s no complete evening in the city where you can listen to original songs by local singer/songwriters. Until now.

Irrational Theatre plugs – or rather unplugs – this gap, kicking-off on Thursday 23th May2024 at The Hub on Verulam. 5 Verulam Road. St Albans. Herts AL3 4DA, a wonderfully intimate space, but seating is limited, so early booking is advised for this welcome addition to the St. Albans’ music scene.

That’s when seasoned songwriters John Knowles, Ed Coan and Zak Stinchcombe will take the audience on a journey through their individual songwriting lives. Expect well-observed songs of life, love and loss – and well, you’ll have to come along to hear what else is in store.


THE COCKPIT | LONDON

Holy Name
A new full length play by Michael Eichler

Adapted to a UK setting by Peter Hale
Directed and Designed by Paula Chitty


In a 1960’s neighbourhood a working class family struggle to find unity in a home of psychological battles and chaos.

Paying the price for free will , Holy Name asks how peace can be found in a home that has never known it .

Be advised this play offers stark depictions of mental illness and domestic abuse

Cast:

Bill (Father) | Graeme Culliton
Lindy (Mother) | Beth Sanderson
Michael (Youngest son) | Ben Sanderson
Ron ( Son ) | Marco Quille
Judy (Lindy’s Sister) | Elizabeth George

REVIEWS
To let you know how much I enjoyed the performance of ‘Holy Name’ at the Cockpit. I do not have much eyesight so depend largely on what I hear and “feel”.

The first thing to say is how quickly and clearly the five characters were established. Knowing in advance that mental handicap was at the core of the play one wondered which character was so affected. Lindy was excellent conveying the answer. From then onwards I found that the development of relationships between the characters and the effect of mothers problem on each member of the family held my attention to the end.

'The simple staging worked well, the lighting was excellent and I much enjoyed the subtle background Birdsong.
Well done to you all and thank you for a very enjoyable evening'Peggy

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***** 'A heart felt dipiction of a family struggling with mental health' Paris Roberts

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I'm really pleased that I managed to get to the play at the Cockpit yesterday evening - ... The writing was very good, powerful and moving and rang very true to a sad life but alas not uncommon. Paddy

THE COURTYARD | LONDON

Holy Name
A new full length play by Michael Eichler

Adapted to a UK setting by Peter Hale
Directed and Designed by Paula Chitty


In a 1960’s neighbourhood a working class family struggle to find unity in a home of psychological battles and chaos.

Paying the price for free will , Holy Name asks how peace can be found in a home that has never known it .

Be advised this play offers stark depictions of mental illness and domestic abuse

Cast:

Bill (Father) | Graeme Culliton
Lindy (Mother) | Beth Sanderson
Michael (Youngest son) | Ben Sanderson
Ron ( Son ) | Marco Quille
Judy (Lindy’s Sister) | Elizabeth George

REVIEWS
To let you know how much I enjoyed the performance of ‘Holy Name’ at the Cockpit. I do not have much eyesight so depend largely on what I hear and “feel”.

The first thing to say is how quickly and clearly the five characters were established. Knowing in advance that mental handicap was at the core of the play one wondered which character was so affected. Lindy was excellent conveying the answer. From then onwards I found that the development of relationships between the characters and the effect of mothers problem on each member of the family held my attention to the end.

'The simple staging worked well, the lighting was excellent and I much enjoyed the subtle background Birdsong.
Well done to you all and thank you for a very enjoyable evening'Peggy

_____________

***** 'A heart felt dipiction of a family struggling with mental health' Paris Roberts

____________

I'm really pleased that I managed to get to the play at the Cockpit yesterday evening - ... The writing was very good, powerful and moving and rang very true to a sad life but alas not uncommon. Paddy

ON TOUR | VARIOUS

In 2011, five fishermen on the Isle of Wight (Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Daniel Payne, Scott Birtwistle & Zoran Dresic) were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always professed their innocence.

Inspired by the wildly popular Guardian Today in Focus 6-part podcast series of the same name, Liam Patrick Harrison’s stageplay, produced by the award-winning production company Deadman (Artistic Director Samuel Bossman), launches a detailed and rich theatrical investigation into the men’s tragic downfall.

Through spectacular storytelling, verbatim accounts, inventive stagecraft, poetry and song, the South Coast cast delves into subjects of classical & contemporary smuggling, deteriorating coastal communities, immigration and folklore interwoven through this ancient profession.

Director - Becks Granger
Set Designer - Paula Chitty
Sound Designer - Kalle Jurvanen
Lighting Designer - Jack Hathaway
Musical Director- Laryassa Schoeck
Stage Manager - Becky North
Assistant Producer - Alice Humpreys
Gaphic Designer - Megan Siggers
Photograhy/videography-Charlie Price
Produced by Deadman Theatre 
(Artist Director - Sam Bossman

THE MAYFLOWER | SOUTHAMPTON

In 2011, five fishermen on the Isle of Wight (Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Daniel Payne, Scott Birtwistle & Zoran Dresic) were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always professed their innocence.

Inspired by the wildly popular Guardian Today in Focus 6-part podcast series of the same name, Liam Patrick Harrison’s stageplay, produced by the award-winning production company Deadman (Artistic Director Samuel Bossman), launches a detailed and rich theatrical investigation into the men’s tragic downfall.

Through spectacular storytelling, verbatim accounts, inventive stagecraft, poetry and song, the South Coast cast delves into subjects of classical & contemporary smuggling, deteriorating coastal communities, immigration and folklore interwoven through this ancient profession.

Director - Becks Granger
Set Designer - Paula Chitty
Sound Designer - Kalle Jurvanen
Lighting Designer - Jack Hathaway
Musical Director- Laryassa Schoeck
Stage Manager - Becky North
Assistant Producer - Alice Humpreys
Gaphic Designer - Megan Siggers
Photograhy/videography-Charlie Price
Produced by Deadman Theatre 
(Artist Director - Sam Bossman

COURTYARD THEATRE | LONDON N1

BILLY BLAGG - TRIBUTE TO BILLY BRAGG 
Join us for an evening of England's foremost political singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, performed by leading tribute act, Billy Blagg. 

Breaking into the mainstream during the Miners Strike of 1984, Billy Bragg has been an active voice-of-the people for 40 years. Renowned for his acerbic political anthems as much as his searing love songs, Bragg has chronicled the pulse of the nation across his 18 studio albums.

Irrational Theatre and Billy Blagg join forces 
The Courtyard Theatre,  Bowling Green Walk
40 Pitfield Street. N1 6EU 

COURTYARD THEATRE | LONDON N1

FAT WALTERS BAND  Blues and Foot Tappin'  Playing some favourites and some originals and there's always a a bit of dancing  Irrational Theatre and FAT WALTERS BAND join forces no The Courtyard Theatre,  Bowling Green Walk 40 Pitfield Street. N1 6EU

THE HUB ON VERULAM | ST ALBANS

BILLY BLAGG - TRIBUTE TO BILLY BRAGG  Join us for an evening of England's foremost political singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, performed by leading tribute act, Billy Blagg.  

Breaking into the mainstream during the Miners Strike of 1984, Billy Bragg has been an active voice-of-the people for 40 years. Renowned for his acerbic political anthems as much as his searing love songs, Bragg has chronicled the pulse of the nation across his 18 studio albums. 

Irrational Theatre and Billy Blagg join forces at The Hub on Verulam. 5B Verulam Road St Albans AL3 4DA

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH | 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. | Audio-visual operation by Eddie Stephens  Cast: Lily – Imaculada Elena Guil  | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best. 

LILY AND BEAR   LYRIC THEATRE HAMMERSMITH    TUES 24th | WED 25th OCT   11.00 AM | 1 PM

COURTYARD THEATRE | LONDON

COURTYARD THEATRE JULY 6TH /7TH 7.30PM 

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 triumph Sardines 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 

HOLST’S THE IDEA | OPERA HOLLAND PARK

Gustav Holst’s The Idea
This production was programmed into OHP but withdrawn due to covid circumstances.
Discover the delight of this little known, family fun, theatrical operetta, which is undertaking its UK premier this year. The Prime Minister has had an Idea….
This early and tuneful composition by English composer Gustav Holst is an unexpected far throw from his best known orchestral suite The Planets. Holst’s collaboration with his 22 year old contemporary of The Royal College of Music Fritz B Hart fuses a sharp, witty and satirical libretto, Holst’s catchy tunes, inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan, woven into a joyful fresh new arrangement by Patrick Vincent.
In a witty and surreal adapted staging by director Paula Chitty. The Prime Minister of this great and glorious country interrupts the wacky court of a rambling king and clown faced queen to announce his great Idea.

**** ReviewsGate. It is performed and sung with relish – Valaria Perboni has has a nicely acid touch as HM and John Stivey bumbles to the manner born as the PM – by the entire cast. It is a rare delight staged with wit -director Chitty did the Costume and set design – and deserves to pop up all over place on the fringe and around after this short season. And the relevance to today needs no pointing up.

**** LondonTheatre1 Paula Chitty’s direction of this unexpected piece is taut and witty, with John Stivey and Valeria Perboni doing that ongoing English dance of P.M. and H.M. with edge and deftness.
Irrational Theatre specialises in the Best of British opera and plays – librettists, composers and playwrights.

Composer - Gustav Holst
Librettist - Fritz B Hart
Arrangement – Patrick Vincent
Director /designer – Paula Chitty
Dance gestures – Elizabeth George
Stage Management – Kate Reynolds

Cast :
Ross Hobson
Valeria Perboni
Simon Mulligan
Eleanor
John Stivey

Musicians:
Joy Mendelsohn
Patrick O’Donovan
Kity Larder
TBC

LILY AND BEAR | LYRIC HAMMERSMITH | 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. | Audio-visual operation by Eddie Stephens Cast: Lily – Eleanor Rosser- Smyth | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

LILY AND BEAR LYRIC THEATRE HAMMERSMITH APRIL 1ST 2023 | 11.00 AM | 1 PM

FRESHWATER FIVE | TOUR VARIOUS | 2023

In 2011, five fishermen on the Isle of Wight (Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Daniel Payne, Scott Birtwistle & Zoran Dresic) were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always professed their innocence.

Inspired by the wildly popular Guardian Today in Focus 6-part podcast series of the same name, Liam Patrick Harrison’s stageplay, produced by the award-winning production company Deadman (Artistic Director Samuel Bossman), launches a detailed and rich theatrical investigation into the men’s tragic downfall.

Through spectacular storytelling, verbatim accounts, inventive stagecraft, poetry and song, the South Coast cast delves into subjects of classical & contemporary smuggling, deteriorating coastal communities, immigration and folklore interwoven through this ancient profession.

Director - Becks Granger
Set Designer - Paula Chitty
Sound Designer - Kalle Jurvanen
Lighting Designer - Jack Hathaway
Musical Director- Laryassa Schoeck
Stage Manager - Becky North
Assistant Producer - Alice Humpreys
Gaphic Designer - Megan Siggers
Photograhy/videography-Charlie Price
Produced by Deadman Theatre 
(Artist Director - Sam Bossman

WEDDING SPEECH | TOUR VARIOUS | 2022 – 23

The unusual setting is simple but effective – a bathroom at the wedding venue, strewn with copious baskets of discarded notes, loo rolls and cue cards, a chandelier and wedding balloons. The lighting and sound effectively transform the secluded hideaway in stark contrasts with the off-stage revelry and bombastic characters.

Rosemary is about to do a speech at her mother’s wedding. She’s not quite sure how to hit the right note as the relationship between Rosemary and her mother has been... less than rosy

West End Evenings *****
London Theatre1 ****
West End Best Friend ****
Close Up Culture ****

Written by Cheryl May Coward- Walker
Set design - Paula Chitty
Director - Simone Watson - Brown
Performed by Princess McDonnough
Sound by Will Pritchard
Stage Manager - Lauren Wedgeworth
Produced by Purple Moon Drama

LILY AND BEAR | ROYAL ALBERT HALL

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. | Audio-visual operation by John Anderson.

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

LILY AND BEAR 22nd Oct | Royal Albert Hall |11 am and 2pm Elgar Room

https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2022/lily-and-bear-3/

SHOWCASE REVUE | ST SAVIOURS HALL

Showcase Revue  

Sunday 30th October 
St Saviours Hall . St Albans. 7pm
Saturday 12th November 
Park Hall. Park Street.
(in collaboration with PSRA)
Irrational Theatre 
@ In The Tin Shed
@ In The Village

Performing some old favourites 
and new commissions 

From a BAJDE 14 piece jazz big band , ORCHARD SINGERS  acappella, shruti box , sax playing and song

Join the fun as we showcase local talent

JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN | BRIDGE THEATRE

Ensemble | poster photoshoot

Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman

Bridge Theatre

London Theatre Company

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN | REGIONAL TOUR

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

LILY AND BEAR | ARTS DEPO | LONDON

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 | ST SAVIOURS

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.

THE SPERM BANK | KENNETH BRANAGH AWARD

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

HOME TIME | OLD RED LION | LONDON

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 IDEA | BROCKLEY JACK | LONDON

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 ARTS CENTRE

LILY AND BEAR 

25th August | Radlett Arts Centre 
11.30 am and 2pm 
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. | Audio-visual operation by John Anderson. 

Cast : Lily – Emily Yarrow  | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

GUSTAV HOLST’S | THE IDEA | ONLINE

GUSTAV HOLST THE IDEA 
The Prime Minister has had an Idea…
ONLINE SCREENING
22ND AUGUST 2022 8PM
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 Jack Blue |Patrick Vincent | Kitty Larder 

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

GUSTAV HOLST’S | THE IDEA | TOUR

GUSTAV HOLST THE IDEA 
The Prime Minister has had an Idea…
20th | 24th | 25th | 26th | 27th June
ST ALBANS. WINDSOR. HARPENDEN
1st | 2nd July UPSTAIRS AT THE GATEHOUSE
22ND AUGUST 2022 8PM
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 Jack Blue |Patrick Vincent | Kitty Larder 

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

THE GRAND | KINGS HEAD THEATRE | LONDON

THE GRAND
KINGS HEAD THEATRE
The Grand by David Hendon
Thomas Deller | Eloise Jones | Emily O'Mahony. Creatives: Writer -David Hendon | Director/Designer - Paula Chitty | Lighting Design-Time Hayward | Lighting Set Up Nick Taylor/ Eddie Stephens.| Sound - Paula Chity | Songs with permission of Fesliyan Studios | Stage Management - Kate Reynolds.

THE GRAND | KINGS HEAD THEATRE ONLINE

THE GRAND
ONLINE SCREENING 26TH FEB 8PM
Produced by Irrational Theatre
The Grand by David Hendon
Thomas Deller | Eloise Jones | Emily O'Mahony. Creatives: Writer -David Hendon | Director/Designer - Paula Chitty | Lighting Design-Time Hayward | Lighting Set Up Nick Taylor/ Eddie Stephens.| Sound - Paula Chity | Songs with permission of Fesliyan Studios | Stage Management - Kate Reynolds. 

THE GRAND | ST SAVIOURS

THE GRAND
St Saviours. Hertfordshire
Friday 4th Dec 8 pm 
Sunday 6th Dec 4 pm and 8 pm 
The Grand by David Hendon
ORDINARY PEOPLE
UNUSUAL CHOICES
EXTRAORDINARY WARTIME EVENTS IN THE GRAND HOTEL.

Thomas Deller | Eloise Jones | Emily O'Mahony. Creatives: Writer -David Hendon | Director/Designer - Paula Chitty | Lighting Design-Time Hayward | Lighting Set Up Nick Taylor/ Eddie Stephens.| Sound - Paula Chitty | Songs with permission of Fesliyan Studios | Stage Management - Kate Reynolds.

LILY AND BEAR |

LILY AND BEAR 

24TH AND 30TH Oct 
11.30 am and 2pm
Produced by Lily and Bear Productions
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. | Audio-visual operation by John Anderson. 

Cast : Lily – Emily Yarrow | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

LILY AND BEAR | ONLINE

LILY AND BEAR 

29TH OCTOBER 11.30 AM
Produced by Lily and Bear Productions
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. | Audio-visual operation by John Anderson. 

Cast : Lily – Catrin Lewis | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

SKIN IN THE GAME | ONLINE





SKIN IN THE GAME 
ONLINE SCREENING
Late Night play reading 
Thursday 15th evening 9 pm
Produced by Irrational Theatre
Cast: Phil Hooks | Krysia Mansfield | Thomas Deller | Trevor Oakes Creatives : Writer Paul Westwood . Director Paula Chitty | Zoom Host and Technical John Anderson .

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 ★★★★

WAITING FOR HAMLET | WINNER | KENNETH BRANAGH AWARD

WAITINGH FOR HAMLET
KENNETH BRANAGH AWARD 
ONLINE SCREENING 23rd August 8PM
Cast: Edmund Dehn | Eizabeth George
Writer David Visick
Director/Designer - Paula Chitty

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.'

SARAH FERGUSON | DUCHESS OF YORK READS LILY AND BEAR

FERGIE AND FRIENDS

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...

SAVING PRINCESS IDA | DESIGNS

ACT 1- CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
ACT 2

MERRY WIVES | OPERA DESIGNS

MERRY WIVES OPERA
DESIGNS. ACT 2 GARDEN DESIGN

This production was cancelled due to covid 

THE MIKADO | ON REGIONAL TOUR

Gilbert and Sullivan 
Designs on tour  2020/21 
The Mikado  - New Designs
See Gallery page for full designs.
Designed and painted by Paula Chitty

LILY AND BEAR | HERTFORD THEATRE

LILY AND BEAR 

19th/19th February - Hertford Theatre 
11.30 am and 2pm 
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. | Audio-visual operation by John Anderson. 

Cast : Lily – Catrin Lewis | Bear – Ross Hobson | Puppet operation and narration – Katy Bingham-Best.

Produced by Lily and Bear Productions