• Richard Marsh

    Writer, rhymer, talker

    I write and perform plays, poems and radio.

     

    Coming up next: Secondbests at the Vault Festival. A new shambling road trip romance starring Olivia Poulet, directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson. Shows on Jan 28th and March 18th.

     

    And in May, 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. It's going to be at the Other Palace theatre in a workshop production May-June next year. Please come along if you can.

     

    I've written some poems for Tango Moderno, which is touring now with ballroom legends Vincent & Flavia. My stuff is only a tiny part of the show, but Thom Parsons (hairy canary and poetry don) nails it.

     

    My play Skittles was 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 on Radio 4 last year.

     

    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 this spring.

     

    My play, Wingman played at the Edinburgh fringe, Soho Theatre and iO West in LA and is in development for TV with Big Talk. Todd & God (ft the awesome Sara Hirsch) played at the Pleasance during this year's fringe.

     

    I'm working on a musical with Miranda Cooper for the Nuffield Theatre. My last musical was a coalition love story between Cameron and Clegg, Nicked, written with Tali Sheppard.

     

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

     

    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.

  • 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.

  • Todd & God

    putting the mess into messiah

    God is fixing her mistakes (namely, wasps). Rebooting religion, she picks atheist Todd as her Chosen One. This is her latest start-up. This is religion 2.0. with UK slam champion Sara Hirsch taking on the role of God. But how does Todd even begin to do good in a world where evil is riding so very high? And what does Todd’s wife make of his overnight conversion?

     

    A play about why we believe, that asks: what would you do, if you could change the world?


    We are a top-10 pick in The Stage - 'drop everything and book these!' and in The List top tips. We're a must-see in Fringe Review, pick of the Fringe in Theatre Weekly and among the London Calling fringe highlights. Sara wrote a great article about the show, which ran at the Pleasance for the Edinburgh fringe.

  • 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.

  • 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. Get married by Marsh, it sticks. They're still very happily together two whole months later. 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).