Richard Innes Davey - in mid scene of "The Ship That Never Was"
Richard Innes Davey
November 4, 1938
|Died||March 13, 2013(aged 74)|
Richard Innes Davey (4 November 1938 – 13 March 2013) was an Australian actor, director and writer. He was the founder of the Round Earth Company and advocate for the understanding of the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island on the West Coast of Tasmania.
Over ten years of the Round Earth Theatre Company at Strahan, and work on Sarah Island as a guide, Davey's work has had significance in helping tourists understand the penal station and its context, where previously there had been scattered and not very accessible research. The Ship that Never Was, written by Davey, is Australia's longest-running play, with over 5,000 performances and continuing to be performed nightly at Strahan; it is about the Frederick escape, the successful escape of 10 convicts from Sarah Island to Chile.
His book The Sarah Island Conspiracies: Being an account of twelve voyages to Macquarie Harbour and Sarah Island, which was short listed for a major prize in Hobart in 2005, complements the work of Richard Flanagan's Gould's Book of Fish. They both use the painting by William Buelow Gould of the Weedy sea dragon on the covers of their books.
A good explanation about Davey and his presence on the West Coast of Tasmania is found in Nicholas Shakespeare's In Tasmania, which also provides a connection of Davey's with a much earlier stage of Tasmanian history.
- Davey, Richard (2009), Richard Davey interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob Willis folklore collection, retrieved 17 April 2013
- (1982) Tell 'em you're Maoris (Put Your Boots On)
- (1983) Broken Dreams
- (1984) The Ship That Never Was 
- (1984) Halleljuah Lady Jane 
- (1986) Guarding the Perimeter
- (1986) Scapegoats 
- (1986) A Cry From The Heart
- (1986) The Catfish that cried 
- - Hook's Mountain
- (1995) A Bright A Crimson Flower 
- (2004) The Case Of The Missing Rations
- Davey, Richard (1984), Don't park your swan on the grass, Salamanca Theatre Company, retrieved 17 April 2013
- Davey, Richard; Pigot, Neil; Davey, Anita (1993), A bright and crimson flower, Crimson Flower Project, retrieved 17 April 2013
- Davey, Richard, (2002) The Sarah Island conspiracies : being an account of twelve voyages made by one G.K. to Macquarie Harbour on the western coast of Van Diemens Land 1822-1833 Strahan, Tas. : Round Earth Co., ISBN 0-9750051-0-3 (Reproduction of a memoir dated 1896 authored by an anonymous clerk G.K. )
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- ABC Radio National, Artworks, ABC Radio, 11 November 2007. Accessed 6 October 2008
- http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/contributor/458 1967 and 1981 - http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/25340
- Australian Stage Online - The Madness of King Lear
- The Mercury http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/03/13/374542_most-popular-stories.html. Retrieved 13 March 2013. Missing or empty
- Davey, Richard; Fitzpatrick, Phil (2003), The ship that never was : the last great escape from Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbour : liberty or death!, Round Earth Co, retrieved 17 April 2013
- Davey, Richard (1980), Hallelujah Lady Jane, retrieved 17 April 2013
- Davey, Richard, 1938-2013, (organizer.); Theatre Royal (Hobart, Tas.) (host institution); Zootango Theatre Company (Tas.) (issuing body) (1986), Scapegoats : Zootango presents Scapegoats, [Tasmania] Zootango, retrieved 30 August 2018CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Davey, Richard; Carroll, Jeff, (composer,) (1986), The catfish that cried : an opera for children, Morley, Western Australia Published by Children's Activities Time Society (Inc), retrieved 30 August 2018CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Davey, Richard; Round Earth Company (1995), A bright and crimson flower, The Round Earth Company, retrieved 30 August 2018
- [Biographical cuttings on Richard Davey, playwright, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals], 1900, retrieved 17 April 2013
- Shakespeare, Nicholas, In Tasmania Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2007. ISBN 978-1-74166-906-0