As a member of his own rock band, Robb & Friends, from 1978 to 1984, Peter Robsahm wrote and staged Childhood Gardens, a multi-media themed concert combining dance, art and poetry. In 1993-4 he went on to write and star (as Quasimodo) in his first musical, Notre Dame, which was staged in the Swedish cities of Skövde and Jönköping. From 1997 to 1999 he was a member of the Swedish National Theatre’s regional board and has also been active as a concert promoter and as a reporter for the music magazine Showtime. Peter was originally inspired to create a rock opera based on Shakespeare’s play Richard III when he saw Al Pacino’s film Looking for Richard in 1997; RichardRocks germinated over a number of years and its completion coincided with the discovery of the remains of the real King Richard III in Leicester in 2012.
An award-winning journalist and author, Maria Robsahm spent a number of years as a respected news reporter and news anchor for the Swedish national broadcasting companies TV4 and SVT. She was also on the editorial team of Dagens Nyheter, the leading daily newspaper in Sweden, and a writer for the monthly magazine Moderna Tider, receiving the Great Journalist Award (Stora Journalistpriset) in 1996. She has written two books and also made several acclaimed documentaries for Swedish TV, including a trilogy about the sinking of the cruise ferry Estonia in 1994. From 2004 to 2009 she was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). RichardRocks marks her debut as a lyricist.