John Richards was co-creator/writer of the acclaimed 2012 ABC1 comedy series Outland (“Sensational writing, a great ensemble, and universal themes of love, loss, and friendship… a hit…” – The Weekend Australian) which became an international cult hit, playing in Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada and the USA.
In 2013 he had two plays running simultaneously in separate countries – Songs For Europe, a drama about the Eurovision Song Contest, played to rave reviews and packed houses at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, while the short work Found was featured as part of the London Design Festival.
In 2014 he became head writer on Night Terrace, a digital comedy series funded directly through a subscription model, which stars Jackie Woodburne (Neighbours) and a stellar guest cast including Alan Brough, Cal Wilson, Francis Greenslade, Chris Taylor, Collette Mann and John Clarke.
He has been featured on ABC TV’s Big Ideas (hosted by Waleed Aly), created sketch comedy for ABC television and BBC radio and written for publications including Encore, Mumbrella, Cult and DNA and text books Media Reloaded (Cambridge University Press), Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian) and Whose Doctor? (Ford Publishing).
He was also part of the Boxcutters and Splendid Chaps podcasts, has presented lectures for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and was once nominated for a fraction of a Hugo Award.
Night Terrace! I love this SF comedy audio series, and the second season was released this year after another successful crowdfunding campaign. What did you do differently with this new season, to build on what you learned from Night Terrace: year one?
We approached it a bit more as a season, I think, than as eight separate stories. So there was a stronger thread through the adventures, although that might be something only we would notice! The biggest thing was just knowing those characters and how they sounded, which made it easier to write for them. We also asked Jackie what she would like from a second season and she said “I’d love to be a villain” so we wrote that for her! And she was AMAZING. The calibre of the season 1 cast made it easy to get such amazing guests for season 2. When we were recording the credits I started laughing at how random they seemed when put together. “Starring someone from Neighbours, someone from Prisoner, someone from Doctor Who… and John Clarke”. Collette Mann played a character who didn’t even have a name!
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