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:

Producing the new Summer panto – “The Get Lost Show” – for York Maze

Creative director of The Great Big Welly Fest in Wakefield on 5th August.

Ongoing corporate roleplay for Gatenby Sanderson, Xperient and RPfT.

Filming an advert for Motorpoint

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


Recent work


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 and Eddie and the Gold Tops. Most recently he directed The Elves and the Carpenter. For their Youth Theatre group he has written and directed three productions; two pantomimes Cinderella and Dick Whittington and as play commemorating 100 years of women being given the vote entitled Suffer Age.

“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.

Richard performed in Promenade with the Bard, a walk with excepts from Shakespeare’s plays, for the York Bike Belles festival.

As resident writer and director at York Maze Richard has written, directed and performed five different Halloween “Phantomimes” as well as creating three Summer shows and writing the script for the ever popular Crowmania Ride.

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 2018. These included the shield for most entertaining performance of the day for Sound Fellows.

Performing the role of Jared in Emmerdale.



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 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 9 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.