PAUL RICHARDS

DRUMMER, COMEDY WRITER/PERFORMER

Paul Richards is a drummer, comedian and writer 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. 

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

THEATRE

Paul has written various plays and shows over the years. Here are some of the plays he has written for, well, actors. He'd very much like you to perform them too, because they're not much good just sat on his computer doing nothing. You can read them here, and if you'd like to perform one of them just drop him a line. If you're a small amdram theatre the chances are he'll just let you perform them free of charge (as long as you give him a credit, it all helps Brand Richards after all), if you're a major theatre producer he might charge you a tenner or something as we've all got to eat

Anyway, go on, have a read:

LETTERS TO SPARKLE: Download script
TOXIC TORNADO: Download script
GONE MIDNIGHT: Download script
GREAT ACHIEVERS: Download script
PROBABLY THE GREATEST GOAL EVER SCORED: Download script
THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH OSCAR PIKE: Download script
HOW ABOUT YOU?: Download script

OTHER PLAYS AND STUFF THAT PAUL HAS WRITTEN...

WILL: THE BAD BOY OF TRAD-JAZZ-FUNK-FUSION: Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

THE THIRD DRAFT OF YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD: Musical, written with Claire Lowe. The Plough, Shepreth, 2016 (more development soon)

IF I RULED THE WORLD: Musical, written with Marcel Kunkel and Claudia McKenzie. Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

PAUL AND EMMA ARE OVER THE WORST OF IT: Radio sitcom (4 episodes). Listen to the whole series here.

COMMON PANTO: Britpop-themed pantomime. 2 performances in Cambridge in December 2015.

PAUL RICHARDS & FRIENDS PRESENT…SKETCHBOOK: Sketch show, released online – view here

FUNKY PANTO: 8 PANTOS IN ONE HOUR: Christmas show at CB2, Cambridge (4 performances, Dec 2014)

THE IZZY REES AND PAUL RICHARDS ADVENT CALENDAR: Online series, new short comic sketch every day in the run up to Christmas. Launched in December 2014.

ALL I’VE GOT IS AWKWARD – 31 SHORT STORIES FOR JULY: A filmed short story a day released on YouTube throughout July 2014.

GAPS: Performed by WriteOn at The ADC Theatre, Cambridge, November 2013

THE NIGHTS MUST FLY BY: Performed by WriteOn as part of their MAD season @ The ADC Theatre Bar, Cambridge, May 2013.

WHEN JIMMY BECAME JAMES: Filmed as part of Paul’s YouTube series, An Embarrassment Of Richards, the series can be viewed online here – an episode a week is added throughout April/May 2013, buy script from Amazon

TECHNICALLY SINGLE (4 EPISODES): Audio sitcom currently in production, to be released on iTunes/other download sources in January 2014.

TINSEL FACE: Audio comedy available online here

MARTHA AND MARVIN’S REALLY QUITE EXCITING CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE: Performed at CB2, Cambridge, December 2012 (4 performances)

YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER: Musical written for blues band, The Outlines. Performed at Lodestar Festival, Lode, September 2012.

MY UNFUNNY VALENTINE: DEATH OF A COMEDIENNE: Performed at The Missing Sock, Stow-Cum-Quy, March 2012.

THREE ELVES, A SNOWMAN AND A FUNERAL: Performed at CB2, Cambridge, December 2012 (2 performances)

THE TWELVE MONOLOGUES OF CHRISTMAS: Audio series available online here, buy script here for the Kindle from Amazon

TO THE BRINK: Performed by WriteOn @ The ADC Theatre Bar, Cambridge, November 2011

RELATIONSHIPS, EH?: Musical written for Dowsing For Sound. Performed at Lodestar Festival, Lode, September 2011.

SANTA CLAUS AND THE UNFORTUNATE ALLEGATIONS: Performed at CB2, Cambridge, December 2010 (4 performances)

(DAWN PALMER JUST WANTS TO BE) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS: Performed at CB2, Cambridge, December 2010 (4 performances)

SLOW PUNCTURE: Performed by WriteOn @ The ADC Theatre Bar, Cambridge, October 2010.

THE YEAR OF THE RAT: Performed at CB2, Cambridge, August 2010; Lodestar Festival, Lode, September 2010.A new version of this is to be performed by The Gamlingay Players at the Lodestar Festival, Lode, September 2013.

CLOWNS: Musical – book by Paul Richards, music by Bryan Shore, Alister Bunclark, Marcus Hood and Paul Richards. Performed at CB2, Cambridge, August 2010; Lodestar Festival, Lode, September 2010

THE HEDGEHOG COLLECTIVE: Written with Alan Morgan. Performed at The Cambridge Comedy Festival @ The Boathouse, Cambridge, July 2010.

JASON’S LAST NIGHT IN TOWN: Part of Paul’s show, ‘Some Plays About Indie Rock’. Performed at the Bury Fringe Festival @ Benson Blakes, May 2010.

HONEY, I’VE BEEN REALLY STRUGGLING: Part of Paul’s show, ‘Some Plays About Indie Rock’. Performed at the Bury Fringe Festival @ Benson Blakes, May 2010.

REVIEWING SUSAN: Part of Paul’s show, ‘Some Plays About Indie Rock’. Performed at the Bury Fringe Festival @ Benson Blakes, May 2010. Filmed as part of Paul’s YouTube series, An Embarrassment Of Richards, the series can be viewed online here – an episode a week is added throughout April/May 2013.

A FAIRYTALE OF BAR HILL: Performed at CB2 Restaurant, Cambridge, December 2009 (3 performances)

SUGAR SUGAR: Performed by WriteOn @ ADC Theatre’s Larkum Studio, Cambridge, October 2009.

I’LL DRIVE TONIGHT, DARLING: Written with Alan Morgan. Performed at The Cambridge Comedy Festival @ The Boathouse, July 2009.

MEGAVALUE MICKEY: Performed by WriteOn @ ADC Theatre’s Larkum Studio, Cambridge, June 2009.

BREAKERS: Performed at CB2, Cambridge, May 2009; Brighton Fringe @ The Ambassador Hotel, May 2009 (2 performances)

THE PROMISE: Performed by WriteOn @ Michaelhouse Cafe, Cambridge, March 2009.

GOLDILOCKS & THE BEANSTALK: Performed at The Glass Onion, Peterborough, December 2008; CB2 Cambridge, December 2009 (3 performances)

ON THE 12TH DAY OF ALEX: Performed by WriteOn @ B-Bar, Cambridge, December 2008; CB2, Cambridge, December 2008 (2 performances); The Glass Onion, Peterborough, December 2008.

CHIRPY: Performed by WriteOn @ B-Bar, Cambridge, October 2008.

LOOK AT ME, I’M FUNNY: Performed at The Hotbed Festival @ The Junction, Cambridge, July 2008.

LOVE AWKWARDLY: Performed by WriteOn @ B-Bar, Cambridge, June 2008; The Hotbed Festival @ The Junction, Cambridge, July 2008.

LETTERS TO SPARKLE: Performed by WriteOn @ CB2, Cambridge, June 2007; WriteBites @ RADA, London, March 2010; Saturday Matinee @ The Old Queens Head, London, May 2010. Filmed as part of Paul’s YouTube series, An Embarrassment Of Richards, the series can be viewed online here – an episode a week is added throughout April/May 2013, buy script from Amazon

AN AMBULANCE STUCK IN TRAFFIC: Performed at The Strawberry Fair Festival, Cambridge, June 2007; WriteOn @ CB2, Cambridge, June 2007; The Cherry Hinton Festival, Cherry Hinton, September 2007; The Brockley Jack Theatre, London, March 2010; First Draft Theatre @ The Horse, London, May 2010 (3 performances) and again by First Draft Theatre @ The Horse, London, December 2010, buy script from Amazon

THE MURDER OF THE RAZZLE DAZZLE ROSE QUEEN: Performed at the Hilton Village Hall, Hilton, March 2007; CB2, Cambridge, March 2010.

A SPLENDID CHRISTMAS SHOW: Written with Irsan Ismail. Performed at CB2, Cambridge, December 2006 (2 performances).

CRACKERJOKE WRITER: Performed by WriteOn @ CB2, Cambridge, October 2006; KDC Theatre @ Clerkenwell Theatre, June 2007; The Worlds End Players, Wendover, March 2012 (4 performances); The World’s End Players @ Welywn Drama Festival, June 2012 (5 performances); Thurrock Courts Players @ Waltham Forrest Drama Festival, March 2014.

FOR THE LOVE OF FAKE DIAMONDS: Performed by WriteOn @ CB2, Cambridge, October 2006; Glass Onion, Peterborough, March 2007.

NUMBER 12 AND HER AMAZING SHEEP REVOLUTION: Performed by WriteOn @ CB2, Cambridge, June 2006; The Cambridge Fringe @ CB2, July 2006; The Strawberry Fair Festival, Cambridge, June 2007.

THE ARTIST: Performed by WriteOn @ CB2, Cambridge, June 2006.

COMING BACK FOR MORE: Performed by WriteOn @ CB2, Cambridge, June 2006.

THE DECISION: Performed at The Contact Theatre, Manchester, December 2005.

PRIORITIES: Performed at Menagerie Theatre, Cambridge, June 2005.