Richard II was Rough Magic's second Fringe production, and was an ambitious and surprisingly successful project.

We successfully negotiated Old Parliament House as a venue for the play, and centred the concept around the parliamentary location. Intensely dramatic, the play charts the collapse of flamboyant Richard's reign and is startlingly comfortable in a modern context.

We made bold choices - Richard arrived home to a flight deck lounge, pot plants were tended, Gaunt spoke from a hospital barouche, Aumerle was berated by his father at the breakfast table. 

The reviews were without exception superlative.

The production starred Damian Storer (now Front of House manager at Belvoir in Sydney) as Richard, with Peter Davies as Northumberland, Nick Smart as Bolingbroke and John Sharpe as Gaunt. Alice Teasdale directed.