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

Where exactly did March go, again?

Well, March just flew by in a flurry of teaching (now at 5 different colleges with a growing number of private students...if you're up for drum lessons with this lanky rascal then get in touch ASAP as I'm running out of hours!) and fabulous creative activity. 

I'm getting all excited about my play, Little Sparks, now we've confirmed a 5 night run at the Corpus Christi Playhouse ahead of 3 weeks at the fringe; I'm flattered to have my first-choice team of actors bringing this to life. Rehearsals haven't actually started yet as half the cast are in Cats, but there's a nice schedule in place and it's in good hands. In the meantime, I've been working hard on my If in Doubt, Listen to Joe Jackson show, and even harder in booking in a tour for it - more on that soon! My other active show at the moment, Short Plays for Marvellous People, was on tour throughout the month with shows in Cambridge, Birmingham, London and Southampton, all of which I enjoyed a lot. And, on a final comedy note, the latest edition of Let's Face the Music and Bants (the night I produce for The Plough, Shepreth) was an absolute cracker. That's an evening that didn't work initially, but now we have a dedicated audience who totally get it and the guests are wonderful every time...looking forward to the April one very much indeed.

Musically, we went all theatrical and filmed the promotional video for the new Fred's House single, Never Gonna Love You, which is a big budget, lavish affair. Our somewhat extensive tour starts in April and it'll be great to be back on the road with these guys, we've been so busy in the studio working on the album that we've barely gigged since the China tour. In the meantime, I've been gigging with Gavin Chappell-Bates (including his album launch) and Claudia McKenzie, all of these shows have been really fun.

I've had a rare bit of time off over Easter, so a great chance to actually see friends, family and my girlfriend, but I've also been writing a new musical at the same time...we'll see if that ever sees the light of day. I'm currently involved in 4 different productions that are heading to the fringe in the summer, as well as band touring work and 25-ish hours drum teaching a week so maybe I have enough on at it stands. We'll see!