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:

Directing “Eddie and the Gold Tops” for Badapple Theatre

Writing and directing Cinderella for Badapple Youth Theatre

New show development for York Maze 2017

Corporate roleplay for Gatenby Sanderson, Xperient and RPfT.

Storytelling for various schools and festivals.

Recent work:

Performing the role of Jared in Emmerdale.

Writing and producing two new attractions; “The Crowbot” show and “Crowmania II”for York Maze’s Summer season and performing his fourth different “Phantomime” in October half term.

Two first place achievements for “Sound Fellows”, a small male-voice ensemble led by Richard, at the Eskdale Festival of the Arts.

Filming commercial for Go Outdoors

Filming interactive video for Belfast maritime Museum with Ay-pe productions

Drama facilitator for St. Mary’s Primary, Selby

Co-directing “The Elves and the Carpenter”, “The Last Station Keeper” “The Thankful Village” and Farmer Scrooge’s Christmas Carol for Badapple Theatre

“Rural Magic”

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


Cover drama facilitator for York Theatre Royal youth and adult theatre classes and drama/music teacher at Bootham and Ampleforth Junior schools.

Reprising his role of Mr. Trout in TongueTied‘s production of The Revenge of Mr. Trout which toured festivals for a third successive year in 2015.

Family pick of the Fest – Latitude Festival 2014 – The Independent

Performing in The Twaddle Train at the National Railway Museum for York Theatre Royal and NRM.

“Fast moving, fun, informative show” York Press August 2015

Performing in Shakespeare in his Cups for York Theatre Royal as part of the York International Shakespeare Festival;

“It was silly, wonderfully entertaining but not losing the pique of the original text”

“Hats off to actors Martin Barrass, Jonathan Race and Richard Kay for a marvelous performance” Shakespeare and Wine Society May 2015

Performing in Puss in Boots for Tonguetied and Telling Tales at York Theatre Royal:

 “Multi-talented Richard Kay provides live foley…with a bizarre array of instruments.”

“It is wonderful”  Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post, Dec 2014


Creative Manager for The Great Big Welly Fest in Wakefield.

About Richard

As an actor Richard has appeared in television and theatre alike. The diversity of his credits incorporates soaps, children’s shows, classics and corporate films. He is a member of Spotlight and Equity and recent employers include York Theatre Royal, TongueTied Theatre and the Production Zone. Past employers include North Country Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Bath Theatre Royal and Yorkshire TV. Click on his actor page to view credits, reviews and showreels or click to view his spotlight CV. Richard is a member of the Cooperative Agency DPM. Please visit their site to view the wealth of skilled actors represented by them.

As a Singer Richard performs with the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir, of which he is the Assistant MD, and regularly as a soloist covering many different styles. He has produced two full “Like Father Like Son” concerts alongside his Father Graham and he has been guest soloist for Rebecca Newman and for The Rodillian Singers as well as performing at various events. Please view his singer page for more information and to hear sample tracks, including some recorded exclusively by Richard. For more information and footage from his own concerts visit the Like Father Like Son page.

Richard’s presenting work includes live presentations, corporate event hosting and compering. He has experience of working in radio and of using an autocue. He compered one of the stages at the Galtres Festival 4 years in a row and has hosted many training events for Boots. Click on his presenter page to view his presenting showreel.

In education Richard has worked as a drama facilitator and creative practitioner in settings from nursery to university level. His drama workshops and knowledge of production have inspired many young people and his performance background aids the teaching of many subjects.  He offers bespoke projects to suit the wishes of staff and pupils alike.

Richard’s work as an interactive Storyteller has taken him to various Festivals and events and has given him an in depth knowledge of Festivals for young people. This work compliments Richard’s facilitation work, has resulted in the capturing and writing of new stories and has helped to develop communication skills with participants young and old.

As a Writer Richard has written shows and attractions for York Maze for the last 6 years and has written several short films, stories and play scripts for school and youth groups. He came second in the final of Script Factor run by Script Yorkshire (York Branch) and has subsequently developed a new play with The Envelope Project.

As a Corporate roleplayer Richard is hugely experienced in training and candidate assessment. He is also used as an actor in corporate films for training purposes.