THE ONLY DRUMMER IN TOWN

The inner monologue of a drummer during the most awkward gig of his life at a local band competition.

It’s the final of the Little Abingdon Band Competition. The pressure is on: the winner gets an opening slot at the big local festival and airplay at 2am on regional radio. And dreams of major stardom, of course.

With three bands through to the final, tensions are high both on and back stage… particularly so when we realise they all share the same drummer…

The show premiered at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2023, and has subsequently been developed over the past year. Having written and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for 16 years (almost consecutive, apart from the ‘pandemic years’), comedy writer/performer Paul Richards has built a strong reputation for his storytelling plays. His other job is professional drummer and he has toured the world in various projects and with excessive national airplay. Paul is now 42, settled in a small village and reflecting on the petty, but frankly wonderful, battles of local bands.


Written, Directed and Performed by: Paul Richards


Running time: Approx. 60 minutes


“The escalating web of chaos is skilfully scripted in the vein of a classic film comedy.” – The Scotsman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️