“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 is now a regular writer for York Maze, helping to bring to life various attractions and shows to suit the client’s brief. He has written three “Phantomime” scripts for their Halloween daytime event and has scripted both the pig racing attraction and a new show for the Summer of 2015 involving an 8ft animatronic robot. He also created shows for their Hallowscream events, including the two “Audience with the Undertakers” storytelling shows and a Séance!
“The séance is a scare attraction which incites fear through factual storytelling, and a realistic setting. Instead of the conventional attraction, it unravels it’s scares at a slower pace while gradually building to a climax. As a member of the audience you feel safe because the scares are more psychological than physically harming. It was a very engaging concept with some good effects and puzzling outcomes.”
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 latest 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.