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Fat Roland: Seven Inch


Fat Roland: Seven Inch

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5 - 11 Leith Street
The Downstairs Bar : AUG 1-13 at 13:15 (60 min) - Free

Fat Roland: Seven Inch

In the last record shop still standing, Manchester comic Fat Roland re-examines his life through not-so-teenage kicks, surrounded by forgettable (and unforgettable) pop music.

Amid the cobwebbed racks and fading seven-inch singles, he faces his 45th birthday alone. Meanwhile, all the cool kids are drinking Slop!, the new hipster drink that tastes of gin AND petrol. When the brewery comes knocking, will Roland pack up his gramophone? Will Ed Sheeran come to the rescue (he won’t)? Why does Grace Jones sound like Johnny Vegas? And is that Gary Barlow holding a mop?!

A five-star, one-idiot commission for Week 53 festival at The Lowry, Salford, a sell-out show which has now been adapted especially for the Edinburgh Fringe.

"Fat Roland is a comedic onslaught of musical puns, cultural references, and audience interaction... It is clear that Fat Roland is more than familiar with performance, knowing exactly how to get the room roaring with laughter, from start to finish... A fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons, and creativity." Upstaged Manchester's 5-star review of Seven Inch.

“This a unique and fun hour of comedy with gags and stories aplenty: Roland talks about the joys of owning a record store, and his rather bizarre take on The Great British Bake Off. In addition, there plenty of gags taking shots at numerous songs which include New Order’s Blue Monday, and Seal’s Kiss from a Rose which are as funny as they are daft… a funny, silly and entertaining show that comedy and music fans will love… certainly a show to catch.” Reviews Hub’s 4-star review of Seven Inch.

“Fat Roland : Seven Inch is a charming, witty and eye-opening one-man show brimming with gags and well-timed musical references… Although littered with musical jokes, Roland makes it impossible to ignore the standout theme of loneliness in the show as he uses his references to pave over his character’s insecurities. Fat Roland has conjured a masterpiece here which breaks down and tackles some of our biggest worries in the world in a funny and digestible manner… This was a real performer using real music to talk about what really matters.” Sam Creedon, The Lowry blog

“One of the most original comedy shows I’ve seen in ages.” Someone on Twitter

“A hilarious, gloriously daft and oddly moving hand-drawn labour of love.” Someone else on Twitter

“Cartoon carnage of the most glorious kind.” Someone ELSE on Twitter

“I'm saddened to discover that ‘Fat Roland: Seven Inch’ is an anagram of ‘finch-laden snot rave’.” Fat Roland on Twitter

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Review: Seven Inch

May 18, 2018    Upstaged

Review: Seven Inch

Fat Roland is a comedic onslaught of musical puns, cultural references, and audience interaction. Taking place in a single, hand-scrawled, cartoonish set, the monologue leads the audience through a narrative centred around the trials and tribulations of being a record shop owner in the digital age. Throughout the performance, we’re guided through Fat Roland’s internal debate surrounding updating his shop to something more fashionable and millennial-friendly. Slop anyone?

Before the show even begins, the audience is fascinated by the set design, which is simple but complex, the black and white squiggles being plenty to look at before the spoken-word artist comes onto the stage. The bold shapes and thick outlines on the shop’s furniture are reminiscent of something that 80s Will Smith would have rapped in front of for a music video, giving the performance an air of nostalgia. Fat Roland works in unison with the unique set design, tying in the records titles on display with his narrative, utilising everything that was visible to the audience. Whilst the set doubles as props, Roland has his own collection of 2d drawings, including realistic photos of popular celebrities, ensuring that the jokes are perfectly supplemented throughout.

The sound design for the performance works well, as it’s synchronised with the narrative and Roland’s movements. From songs that complement specific pieces of the narrative, to an advertising piece that seems too eager to wait its turn, the sounds amplify the comedic effect of the overall show and stay true to Fat Roland’s previous career as a DJ. Fat Roland holds the show together with impeccably timed reactions to the sounds being played, provoking an impressive response from the audience.

A casual mood was upheld from start to finish, with the audience being invited to answer questions, participate in pieces of the narrative, and even look after some of the props. It is clear that Fat Roland is more than familiar with performance, knowing exactly how to get the room roaring with laughter, from start to finish.

To conclude, the show is a fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons, and creativity, and is great for those looking for something uplifting and entertaining throughout. The independent nature of the show gives it a refreshing, homemade feel that makes it refreshing and engaging.
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