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:
Throughout the Covid lockdowns, Richard has has run Zoom rehearsals for York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir, Ryedale Voices, Leeds Male Voice Choir and Harrogate Male Voice Choir. This has included recording each part for around 120 songs, compiling virtual recordings, presenting live concerts on Zoom and Youtube and composing new music. To hear a selection of these tracks visit his YouTube channel.
Visit his Choral Singing in lockdown page for more information about how this work began and to hear the “virtual choir” recording of his composition “Keep Singing”.
Richard continues his work as Deputy MD of YPMVC and Musical Director of HMVC.
In May Richard performs his new composition, “For the Love of Singing”, commissioned by York Theatre Royal for the “Love Bites” events that reopen the theatre.
Continuing his work as associate artist with Badapple Theatre, Richard was commissioned to write a new pantomime script, Jack and the Beanstalk, due to be performed by the Youth Theatre group in July. He will also shortly go into rehearsals for a new Badapple show entitled “Tales from the Great Wood”.
Richard appeared in a film of the Badapple Theatre favourite “Eddie and the Gold Tops”, streamed in April 2021
For Christmas 2020 Richard created an online “Message from Father Christmas” service, which included bespoke message following a new poem, written and recorded by Richard and available to view here; A Message From Father Christmas
Richard’s composition entitled “Keep Singing”, has been published by Banks Music Publications and is available for purchase here
Richard performed in, and produced, a radio play entitled “Togetherness” that he was commissioned to write for Badapple Theatre Company‘s podcast series. This is available to listen to here; Togetherness by Richard Kay It includes a new composition recorded by the Ryedale Voices during lockdown.
This work was made possible thanks to emergency funding from the Arts Council of England and is helping to inform future writing projects.
Further work (within last two years):
Storytelling work for Agility York and Castle Howard
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
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
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.
“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.