Thank you for visiting the site of Richard Kay – York based Performer, Writer and Theatre Maker

Richard is represented by Direct Personal Management.

Current projects include:

At this time it is fair to say that projects that were in development have been shelved until further notice or have come to a Covid-related halt. However, Richard has continued his work as Assistant MD of YPMVC and conductor of The Ryedale Voices by leading the two choirs’ rehearsals over Zoom. Visit his Choral Singing in lockdown page for more information about this and to hear the “virtual choir” recording of his new composition “Keep Singing”.

In addition, Richard has been the fortunate recipient of some emergency ACE funding with which to develop his writing and musical projects. More details of this to follow.


Recent work:

Filming a commercial for SSB (Swiss Railway Company) in Zurich

Corporate roleplay for Gatenby Sanderson, Xperient and RPfT

Co-directing the 2019 Christmas show for Badapple Theatre Company; The Snow Dancer

Writing and performing The Night Before Christmas experience at York’s Castle Museum

Actor in Badapple Theatre Company‘s tour of The Frozen Roman

Performer in advertising campaigns for Motorpoint, Bensons for Beds, Vaillant and Macmillans

Writing and producing A Journey Through Time and Space for York’s Railways to Greenways project.

Finalist in Script Yorkshire Script Factor competition 2019 and winner of Script Yorkshire’s 30th anniversary Radio Drama competition. Click here to listen to his winning play Mistaken Identity

Writing and producing the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Babes in the Wood for Badapple Youth Theatre


Other projects:

As resident writer and director at York Maze for 10 years Richard wrote, directed and performed six different Halloween “Phantomimes” as well as creating four Summer shows and writing the scripts for the ever popular Crowmania Ride and Pig Racing attractions.
“If you’ve enjoyed the Maze’s shows before, you won’t be disappointed: it’s a suitably silly story, brought to life by a talented cast, hilarious props and a sparkling script. Expect daft songs, innuendos and audience participation: the kids loved it so much that they kept asking if we could see it again.” – Little Vikings UK

For the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir Richard has directed three productions of Christmas Traditions at York’s De Grey Rooms.

As Associate Director of Badapple Theatre Company Richard has co-directed several shows including Farmer Scrooge’s Christmas Carol, The Thankful Village, The Last Station Keeper, Eddie and the Gold Tops and The Elves and the Carpenter. For their Youth Theatre group he has written and directed five productions including two self-penned pantomimes.

“Rural Magic”

“Badapple Theatre triumphs in a tour that takes the magic of theatre to remote venues” **** The Stage, Dec 2015

Richard wrote, produced and performed the first ever Easter show for the Visit York and Little Vikings Easter festival entitled The Hunt for the Magical Chocolatey Chick.

Winner and runner up in several classes as Musical Director of “Sound Fellows”, a small male-voice ensemble, and as Assistant MD of the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir at the Eskdale Festival of the Arts 2019. These included the shield for “most entertaining performance of the day” for Sound Fellows for the second year running.


Please visit the relevant pages to find out more about Richard’s work as an Actor, Singer, Writer, Presenter, Corporate Roleplayer and Drama Facilitator.