Richard Peoples was born in Aldershot, Hants and went on to live with his wife and children in various parts of the country before moving to Cambridge nine years ago. He was much too shy to do any acting at school but a friend at university persuaded him, with the help of a little Dutch courage, to audition for a part in King Lear. Since then he has lost some of his shyness and acted in and directed plays in Hereford, Peterborough, Stamford, Oakham and Cambridge. Acting highlights have included First Voice in Under Milk Wood at the Key Theatre, Peterborough and the King of France in The Three Musketeers at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall and Stamford Arts Centre.
In Cambridge, Richard has directed productions for Bawds and Combined Actors of Cambridge at the ADC and Mumford Theatres and the Corpus Playroom, including Harold Pinter's Landscape, Celebration and Monologue, Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van and Charlotte Jones's Humble Boy.
He joined WRiTEON in 2010 and has since written, directed, produced and acted in a number of plays. When he first came across the group Richard assumed that it would be a small and rather self-centred group of writers who would not really welcome newcomers. He could not have been more wrong. He said: “When, like me, you're past retirement age, you still need encouragement and confidence to write. WRiTEON has given me both – and a great deal of fun in the process. I'm now starting things I would never have attempted before and very much enjoying a new lease of life as a writer.”