Richard has built up many years experience of writing and producing plays. To learn more about his specialism for Pantomime, and to read some examples of his scripts please view his Panto page. For more information about the range of Richard’s writing please carry on reading below.
In 2019 Richard won the Script Yorkshire 30th anniversary radio drama competition. His short radio play entitled Mistaken Identity was produced by Stefan Escreet and is available to listen to here
“a captivating piece covering the difficult topic of breast cancer in a couple’s seemingly close relationship, without giving smart answers. It is a prime example of how Doctor Theatre can work well, bringing tough subjects out in to the open for scrutiny.”
Review of Richard’s first full length play “Good Grief” by Stephanie Preacher, HenriettaRabbit.co.uk
Richard worked as the resident writer and director for York Maze, helping to bring to life various attractions and shows to suit the client’s brief. He wrote six “Phantomime” scripts for their Halloween daytime event and has scripted both the pig racing attraction and the ever popular Crowmania 2 along with four consecutive Summer shows. He also created shows for their Hallowscream events, including the two “Audience with the Undertakers” storytelling shows and a Séance!
For Badapple Youth Theatre Richard has written three full pantomimes and a piece entitled “Suffer Age” marking the centenary since the Representation of the People Act that granted many women, and men, the opportunity to vote for the first time.
In 2018 Richard also wrote an Easter children’s show for the Visit York and Little Vikings festival entitled The Hunt for the Magical Chocolatey Chick and he was also commissioned to write a promenade production for the York Railways to Greenways project.
Other writing credits include various scripts and short stories for schools and theatre groups. He co-wrote the Six o’Clock News that was performed at Leeds Carriageworks in 2012 as part of the Emerge festival aslongside Daniel Bye, Jaye Kearney and Carolyn Eden. In 2013 he wrote and created a film alongside children at the Galtres Festival entitled The Pirates of Galtres.
Richard entered a short play into the Script Yorkshire (York Branch) Script Factor Competition and, having won his heat with a piece entitled Old Bob, he entered his piece Connell and Coggs Exposed at the All-Winner’s final at York Theatre Royal Studio. He was delighted to come second place overall.
“Connel and Coggs Exposed was a thought-provoking, moving play, and was sensitively portrayed by the actors”
Julia Pattison, Pocklington Post
Richard’s first full play “Good Grief” played to sell-out audiences in 2014 at the Friargate Theatre in York as part of Script Yorkshire’s Envelope Project.