• Richard Marsh

    Writer, rhymer, talker

    Writer of film, TV, theatre, and to-do lists.


    Next up - Yippee Ki Yay at Vault Festival. First performance of a new show. Basically Die Hard: the poem.


    High above Los Angeles, terrorists have seized a skyscraper, capturing everyone inside. Everyone? Not quite. One man managed to escape – an off-duty poet. A poet with a badge. He’s outnumbered, outgunned – and the hostages’ only hope.


    I know we've all been asking ourselves the question: why don't action movies have more poetry in them?


    And also: isn't Richard the absolute spit of a young Bruce Willis?


    And also also: it's a Christmas movie, so wouldn't tickets to a no-doubt hilarious stage version be a great Christmas present?


    And we're right to ask those questions. And those questions shall be answered. On Feb 6th 2022. At the ever-brilliant Vault Festival.

    My Radio 4 shows get repeated from time to time and scripts of my plays are here and here. I'm currently developing TV ideas with Slam Films and Fee-Fi-Fo Films. I will rhyme for money.


    Below is some of my favourite work that got made.

  • Past shows

    Skittles went on from Edinburgh to be commissioned for Radio 4 as Richard Marsh: Love & Sweets, and won Best Scripted Comedy at the BBC Audio Drama Awards. My poetry sitcom Cardboard Heart was recently repeated on Radio 4.


    I co-wrote and co-performed Dirty Great Love Story with Katie Bonna, which won a Fringe First award for outstanding new writing at the Edinburgh fringe and ran in the West End.


    Wingman played at the Edinburgh fringe, Soho Theatre and iO West in LA and is in development for TV with Big Talk / CBS Studios.


    I'm working on a musical adaptation of Son of Rambow. Miranda Cooper, Nick Coler, Sam Hodges and I have spent several years adapting this brilliant film for the stage. A film that I love, and a process I have loved. We had a workshop production at The Other Palace and our song My First Ex-Boyfriend came second in the 2020 Stiles & Drewe prize.


    Phoenix played at the Edinburgh fringe, Storyhouse Chester, Clapham Omnibus, the Old Fire Station, and New Wolsey theatres. I wrote the book and co-wrote songs with Jessica Sharman.


    I'm a former London poetry slam champion and one of the Time Out Culture 100.


    I wrote some poems for Tango Moderno, which toured with ballroom legends Vincent & Flavia. My first musical was a coalition love story between Cameron and Clegg, Nicked, written with Tali Sheppard.


    You can contact me here, or tweet me, or instagram, or sign up to my sporadic mailing list. Here's my agent. I also write on private commission.


    Photographers on this page: Richard Davenport, Beth Elliott, David Monteith-Hodge, Ellen Nolan, Rosemary Rance.

  • Dirty Great Love Story

    Fringe First-winning play, co-written and co-performed with Katie Bonna

    Can a one-night stand last a lifetime?

    Two hopeful, hapless romantics can barely get breakfast – let alone get together.


    In her eyes, he’s a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she’s perfect. He’s short-sighted. An achingly funny on-off love story of good intentions and bad timing.


    Trailer below. The script is available here.


    The show recently ran in the West End, starring Ayesha Antoine and Felix Scott.

    More on the (OLD) show here

    Katie and I began writing together due to both living in Tooting and a shared love of love stories. But mostly because we both lived in Tooting.


    The show began as a ten-minute experiment in a pub in Balham, then grew via the Nursery, Vault and Pulse festivals, then via BAC and Latitude, to a full play that won a Fringe First at the Pleasance.


    Directed by Pia Furtado, and produced by Polly Ingham, it transferred to Bristol Old Vic, Soho Theatre and 59E59 Theatres, NYC.

  • Cardboard Heart

    Poetry sitcom on Radio 4

    Photos of the cast coming soon

    Cardboard Heart

    A poetry sitcom set in a greetings card company. We were lucky enough to get an amazing cast: Phil Daniels, Olivia Poulet, Jemima Rooper, Rebecca Scroggs, Russell Tovey, Sam Troughton - and me. Directed by Pia Furtado, produced by Ben Worsfield. Theme tune is Hackney Colliery Band's amazing version of Lianne La Havas' tune 'Is Your Love Big Enough.'

  • Love & Sweets / Skittles

    Poetic comedic playic story about love, and sweets (which are more reliable). It won Best Scripted Comedy at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.


    A story about love (and sweets, which are more reliable).

    Theatre / poetry / storytelling show Skittles began life as a scratch at BAC, directed by Tim Roseman. Tim and I developed it there, then Dan Coleman took over as director and we took the show to the Nursery and Pulse festivals before heading to the Pleasance for the Edinburgh fringe. It was commissioned by Radio 4 for a 4 x 15' radio series, produced by Ben Worsfield. Retitled Richard Marsh: Love & Sweets, it won Best Scripted Comedy at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.


    More on the show here.

  • Wingman

    Father-son poetry play, co-starring Jerome Wright, directed by Justin Audibert

    Mum’s dead. Annoyingly, dad’s not.

    After twenty years apart, can father and son say goodbye to mum without saying hello to each other? This achingly funny story reminds us: no matter how bad life is, family can make it worse.

    More detail on the show here

    Wingman co-starred Jerome Wright, was directed by Justin Audibert and produced by Tim Johanson.


    More on the show here. Trailer below.


    I'm developing it for TV with Big Talk.

  • Phoenix

    I wrote THIS with Jess Sharman. ANDY GALLO ARRANGED AND STARRED, Lucy Jane Atkinson directED.

    Ash is the ultimate one-man band: guitarist, pianist, drummer... and dad. But it’s hard to reach stardom when you're constantly walking on Lego.

    Reviews: ★ ★ ★ ★ The Scotsman, ★ ★ ★ ★ Must-See Show The Telegraph, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Glasgow Theatre Blog, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Mind The Blog, ★ ★ ★ ★ Ed Fest and ★ ★ ★ ★ in The Skinny.

    Teaser trailer HERE.

  • Watch

    Me and some proper actors perform plays, poems and songs

    Theatre - Dirty Great Love Story

    Co-written and co-performed with Katie Bonna. Directed by Pia Furtado. Script available here.

    Theatre - Wingman

    Starring Jerome Wright. Directed by Justin Audibert. Script available here (along with Skittles).

    Poetry - Fools

    Live at Hammer & Tongue. More on my poetry.

    Lyrics - Tinderbox

    From the Coalition musical love story Nicked. Music by Tali Sheppard. Directed by Pia Furtado. Feat. Cameron, Clegg & Miliband, aka Sam Hodges, Jason Langley & Ross Green.

  • Commissions

    And bookings

    I can write poems for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties... and weddings. That couple above? Did their whole ceremony. They're still very happily together three years on. When I marry you, you stay married. They've even had kids. I can't really take credit for that.


    If you'd like to know more about commissioning me or booking me for an event, please get in touch.

  • Get in touch

    I'd love to hear from you. (Depending on what you have to say).


    It said I had to do this. I don't know what I'm doing, but I promise to keep your privacy private. I hope you find this reassuring.