Richard Everett began his career in 1970. He was a professional actor for ten years making regular appearances on TV, in the theatre, and in films such as the 70’s cult classic "If ..." starring Malcolm McDowell. In the late 70’s he formed his own fringe theatre Company, The Upstream Theatre in London, and was its Artistic Director for 3 years. He was also a founding Trustee of the Riding Lights Theatre Co.
In the 80’s Richard turned to writing. He has authored five published stage plays which are regularly performed in the UK and abroad, and his latest play Demons recently had its world premiere in Heidelberg. His much acclaimed Entertaining Angels, orginally starring Penelope Keith, has had two highly successful UK tours and is now published by Oberon Plays with over 50 productions worldwide. Richard has written three plays for BBC Radio 4 and has also written extensively for animation with over 150 scripts to his credit including the BAFTA nominated Joseph for the Testament series.
In 2002, his first feature film Two Men Went To War (Directed by John Henderson and starring Kenneth Cranham, Leo Bill, Derek Jacobi and Phyllida Law) went on general release in the UK. He was screenwriter and Associate Producer, it was in the official selection for the Hollywood Film Festival and is regularly screened as a BBC feature movie.
Sound Bites, his collection of mini plays and meditations has recently been published by Monarch Books. In addition to leading seminars and workshops, he runs a weekly drama workshop for Special Needs adults at the L’Arche Community.
In the heady days of the early 70’s it was important for me to find people who spoke the same creative and spiritual language, so when I first walked through the small portals of Hornton Street and was welcomed into Nigel and Gillie's new marital home, I had a sense of finding a home. Packed into the small rooms of that Kensington house I found myself in the company of like-minded people who were asking questions and not nailing everything to the floor with answers. I was encouraged by listening to the likes of Os Guinness, & many others such as Hans Rookmaaker who characteristically puffing on his pipe one evening, said: 'To be a Christian is to acknowledge that we live in an open universe where everything is up for grabs and we are free to ask what we like' .. or something pretty similar. This was exciting stuff. I went on to form the first specialist group in the ACG called ACTS (Arts Centre Theatre Studio). They were good times, if a little crazy, but they were the founding years for me. Many deep friendships were forged, some of which continue today as we journey on - with more questions and the occasional answer which of course leads to more questions. But much of it began with ACG.