PAUL RICHARDS

DRUMMER, COMEDY WRITER/PERFORMER

Paul Richards is a drummer, playwright, novelist, comedian and drum teacher based in Cambridge. 36, lanky, can’t grow a beard. Likes to talk about himself in the third person.

As a comedy writer/performer he has taken countless (well, 21) shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, tours the UK and Europe frequently in his 19-year-old Volvo and has had some quite nice reviews in the process. He talks very fast, often about his love of Ginsters slices and often tries to justify it all as theatre. His current show recently won an award, which is lovely.

As a drummer, recordings he has drummed all over have been broadcast on Channel 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC 6 Music – all the usual places you’d expect to find a professional groovester. He is constantly on tour with lovely musician chums in award-winning bands and is continually in demand by various artists for a range of versatile projects. He has toured the UK, a lot, and China.

As a writer, Paul has written lots of plays, with his work performed all over the world. He’s had a couple plays published in Canada, and quite a few back here in England. His collection of short stories, The Stationery Seller, has been a bit of a success and his debut novel, My Function Band Hell, was released at the end of 2016.

His debut movie, 50 Ways to Leave Your Drummer, was released in 2015. He is the co-writer of 2 musicals.

This website is partly here to put all of Paul’s work into one place (because at one point he had six different websites and it was a nightmare to maintain), but also so Paul can have his full schedule somewhere online just in case he accidentally deletes his diary off his phone again.

Contact: thepaulrichards AT gmail.com

New Year, New Projects


Typically, January has always been the quietest month of the year...a time to work out what I actually want to achieve over the next twelve months, which projects I should be pushing. With that in mind, I was determined to hit the ground running this time around, and made a 'short' list of 19 things I'd like to work on. I mean, a few of them will naturally be put aside, but 2018 has got off to a good start, creatively at least. My new solo show, Short Plays for Marvellous People, opened at the lovely Etcetera Theatre in Camden. It's a work-in-progress, but it feels like good work that has certainly made progress since the initial private readings and the audience were onside throughout. It's a show that will tour in March/April, with a proper theatre run in June and then the Edinburgh Fringe in August. At the moment it feels like a notepad of lovely ideas, rather than the show it could be, but it'll get there.

Talking of the fringe, I've recently nailed the second draft of a play I've written that will be heading north to the biggest arts festival in the world. I'm not in this one, instead preferring to hand it over to a cast of proper actors, all of whom are amazing. It's called Little Sparks and is a dark comedy about fire; the initial read-throughs and cast discussions have been great and we're all keen to take this as far as possible.

In the meantime, the final sessions for the third Fred's House album have been great, with strings and brass added, and we've just had the double A-side masters back. We're off on tour in March and I can't wait to get back on the road with those guys. I've also been working with my old mate Gavin Chappell-Bates, having drummed on his lovely new album (which is out next month, I think), and I'll be playing a few live dates with him.

Alongside all of this, I've been teaching drums to students of all ages and abilities across Cambridgeshire and I'm having a great time doing so, there's a couple gaps left (mostly Monday evenings) if anyone fancies it. I've also launched a new crash course, in which I reckon I can make anybody into a drummer in 6 hours. Up for the challenge? Drop me a line!