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



Successful but bored, settled but uninspired, all office fire wardens Baxter, Lisa and Kirsty want is a little excitement, a little danger. Something, anything, to wake them up from their 9 to 5 routine. They soon start to wonder... what if there was an actual fire? You know, a proper fire, where they could be heroes? Maybe more than just a Little Spark?

Written by: Paul Richards
Directed by: Emily Starr

Baxter: Alan Hay
Lisa: Kate Madison
Kirsty: Stephanie Swan

Sound design: Alan Morgan
Producer: Paul Richards

Cambridge - Corpus Playroom, 3rd - 7th July 2018
Edinburgh - theSpace @ Jury's Inn (main theatre), 3rd - 25th August 2018 (not 12th)


Fat Fox Productions produce quality, fast-paced, comedy theatre. Based in Cambridge, the company were formed in 2013 by writer/performer Paul Richards and actress Izzy Rees. Following a successful Edinburgh Fringe run of their show, Redundancy Club, the company have since been working on various stage/radio productions alongside a regular new material/scratch night, The Fox Den. They are proud to be producing Little Sparks at 2018's Edinburgh Fringe festival.