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


Team. Building. 

2 words which often fill you with dread. Long days, trying to bond with colleagues who you quite like anyway, in a series of 'challenges' or 'games' that either bore or put dignity at risk. 

This is where Paul can help; PAUL RICHARDS: TEAM BUILDING WITH DRUMS is a genuinely fun team building experience for all ages, for all companies, of all sizes. With all team members given a drum, basic tuition and a series of musical challenges, throughout the session colleagues learn how to communicate and support each other to achieve the same common goal: to create a perfect drum groove. 

A fun and entertaining experience for all involved packed with surprises, healthy rivalry, the world's first ever DRUM RELAY and most importantly: a prize for the best team performance, this lively course will boost individual confidence as well as emphasising important team ethics. The sessions conclude with the ultimate challenge: can we master the drum, and percussion parts, for Reasons to Be Cheerful by Ian Dury and the Blockheads, collectively, as a team? 

A happy, uplifting session for all involved, covering all key elements of being part of a successful team: Commitment and Trust, Communication, Diversity of Capabilities, Adaptability and Creative Freedom. No previous drumming experience needed! 

Available for a full or half day, drums included. 

To book PAUL RICHARDS: TEAM BUILDING WITH DRUMS for your event, email Paul:

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