Cambridge-based theatre writer (and sometimes performer) Paul Richards formed IBiC Productions in late 2019, following the success of his play, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late and the fun he had writing podcast sitcom, Three Men and a Bassist. Collaborating with creative chums (most frequently technical producer Alan Morgan), IBiC aims to produce highly original, entertaining theatre and beautifully produced radio comedy/drama alongside an extensive educational programme for those looking to write for theatre. We champion the underdog.
We currently have several active productions, as well as a growing educational programme.
The plan is to have loads and loads of shows running simultaneously and various radio productions launching, but give us a chance to sort all that out - we're getting close and have five productions heading to the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2022. In the meantime, Harvey Greenfield has been picked up by a film producer and is currently being developed into a feature film with Screenlooker Productions (directed by Jonnie Howard) with Paul in the lead role. Filming started in the summer of 2021 and we're only a few pick-ups away from it being a finished article.
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The notepads are out, the venues are being booked, we've drank lots of coffee, exciting plans are afoot. There's totally going to be a Christmas show, too, because we're quite into that.
Do keep checking back to see what we're up to, or even drop us an email if you'd like to get involved.
Speak soon and thanks for popping by,
(IBiC, by the way, stands for I Believe in Clarence, a reference to Clarence Odbody, the fictional guardian angel in the 1946 film, It’s a Wonderful Life.)
Reviews of Paul's work:
“Like an alternative Ferris Bueller…the escalating web of chaos is skilfully scripted in the vein of a classic film comedy. ****” - The Scotsman (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
"The writing is top quality...an honest tale, very well written and performed. The dark comedy inherent in a 30 something trying to navigate an increasingly pressured world, resonates and echoes aspects of our own lives. There are laugh out loud moments, clever jokes, sharp observations, all told by a likeable, interesting and talented performer." - FringeReview (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late - 'Recommended Show' - Brighton Fringe 2021)
“Richards seems to have comic energy to burn…he makes Lee Evans seem narcoleptic by comparison. The result is mostly laugh-out-loud, but punctuated with sorrow. Ingeniously written and powerfully performed. “ - The Swindonian (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
”Such an amazing performance. A must experience show.” - Sure Marchant - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
"This riotously funny show might just be the funniest hour you spend at this year's fringe. Everyone was in stitches throughout." - The Write Angle (on Paul’s show, The Complete History of Pop in an Hour)
"Funny, poignant, unbelievably energetic (I was knackered just watching you!). Loved it." - Barnstaple Theatrefest review (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
”An intricately constructed show that inspires both belly laughs and heartache. Paul Richards plays Harvey, whose kind heart is out of control. Running as fast as he can to meet the needs of those he loves - and avoid the demands of those he’d rather leave behind - Harvey never quite makes time to deal with his own issues of loneliness, insecurity, and bafflement at a world that seems too big for him. It’s true fringe: no set, one man and some impressive voiceover cameos by two actors, playing I lost count of how many characters, but the superb writing and Richards’ gawky, engaging, and fearlessly truthful presence raise it from storytelling comedy to proper drama. His delivery is hyperspeed and relentless – I ended the show feeling I’d missed some of the many layers, but that just made me want to see it again. Well worth the hour spent.” - Michelle Golder - Pivotal (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
"The script is always fresh...its hilarity burns through constantly, without ever fizzling out." - Tychy blog (on Paul's show, Little Sparks)
“Sweet, grounded and self-deprecating...Paul delivers his stories with a genuine honesty that is immediately endearing.” – Heckler magazine (on Paul’s show, Things Could Be Marvellous)
"The fastest dictation in the west! Poignant, acutely observed comedy which prompts both laughter and introspection." - Barnstaple Theatrefest review (on Paul’s show, Short Plays for Marvellous People)
"Watching Paul Richards on stage is quite a dynamic experience...despite the apparently chaotic nature of the show and the performer, the writing underpinning everything was particularly artful and layered...there are real fleeting moments of wistful melancholy. A puppy wired on own-brand energy drink, you wouldn’t believe he ever sleeps, not once you’ve seen him on stage." - The Swindonian (on Paul’s show, Short Plays for Marvellous People)
“Paul delivers his stories with heart-warming honesty…Paul Richards constantly makes you smile – **** ” – Get Reading (on Paul’s show, Getting Lost in my Hometown)
"Paul Richards’ musical style of comedy will sit well with an audience who likes their comedy with a dash of whimsy; simple yet imaginative, it’s a charming show that’ll tickle you silly." - Visit Dublin (on Paul’s show, One Man and a Box)