Fat Roland is a performer and music writer. His third solo show Seven Inch involved over 200 cartoon props and was commissioned by The Lowry Theatre in Salford as part of their Developed With artist programme. The show ran at The Lowry in 2018 and the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. Fats has three Edinburgh Fringe shows under his belt, is champion of Literary Death Match Manchester and comperes Bad Language, twice voted the UK’s best spoken word night. His most recent gigs include FaxFiction at Waterside Arts, Tales Of Whatever and the Big Gay Storyslam.
When he's not scribbling over the rules of alternative comedy in slightly-faded marker pen, Fats writes a monthly column for the beautifully designed Electronic Sound magazine, for whom he also writes reviews and features - pick it up in the shops or online. Under his real name Ian Carrington, Fats wrote the sleeve notes for the New Clockwork Music album, released by Electronic Sound in 2019.
Away from the writing and performing, he spends much of his time running events for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, a remarkable literary organisation based in a Victorian mill in Manchester. He's not saying he profits from ultraviolence, but if you buy copy of A Clockwork Orange, you're putting money in his pocket.
See upcoming gigs on the live page - and yes, Fat Roland is available for hire for alternative literature, comedy, cabaret and theatre nights. Sometimes he makes videos. Sometimes he writes short stories and he has produced two collections, long sold out. Read more about Fat Roland's career here.
"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 ***** review of Seven Inch.
“Superb audience interaction twinned with some excellent improvisation work... a must-see for any fan of music... Fat Roland’s deadpan inanity twinned with the often hilarious additions of sketches held up on cardboard is superbly executed.” – Broadway Baby on Fat Roland's debut Edinburgh Fringe show Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship.
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Five star review of Seven Inch.
Four star review of Seven Inch.
The Developed With scheme that suppports all this nonsense.
Fat Roland wins support of The Lowry's flagship 'Developed With' scheme.
Our own Fat Roland joins panel at Manchester Electronic Music Symposium.
Hey Fat Roland! 40 Minutes Of Idiot: 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show with Laughing Horse.
Fat Roland wins Literary Death Match Manchester, 2016.
Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship longlisted in the 2016 Saboteur Awards.
Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship: 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show with Laughing Horse.
Will the real Fat Roland please stand up? (2013)
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