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

Award, shows, tours...

After all of the careful planning earlier this year to make 2018 the most productive year of my career, naturally last month - typically the first proper busy four weeks of the year - was a crazy, frantic mess. In a good way, but with so many projects, often in different parts of the country, any scheduled time-off went straight out of the window. April was a brilliant month, though.

Hastily following a shaky private preview around my mate Jo's house, I took my Short Plays for Marvellous show to the Swindon Fringe and had a brilliant time. The audience were onside throughout, the review was great and I won the award for "Best Comedy Performance" at the festival, which was nice.

A few days later I was back on tour with the band in support of our new single. With shows in Bath, Salisbury, Maidenhead, Isle of Wight, Bedford and Milton Keynes, it's been a good fun so far, with many more in the pipeline. 

All of this alongside the continued drum lessons across Cambridgeshire; I'm getting a great deal out of these, I can feel that I'm becoming a better teacher with every session, whilst still making sure the emphasis is on fun and the students actually enjoying being drummers, often for the first time. My schedule is bursting with new pupils every week (across several colleges/schools and 20+ private students) but I can't help but take on more...

In the meantime, Edinburgh Fringe preperations for various shows are going well. Little Sparks, with a full cast, is turning into a beautiful thing and I've got five other productions heading up there this year, too. Okay, 'preperations going well' is probably a bit strong, but we'll be fine, yeah?