A spoken-word comedy about one idiot's battle with electronic music. Is it poetry or prop comedy or just a fat man with too many marker pens? Dominic Berry calls Fat Roland 'bizarre, astounding, hilarious and truly unlike anyone else', while the Big Issue in the North calls him 'funny and highly entertaining'. Peirene Press says his writing is 'touching, sharp, original and weird'. Judge for yourself in this Fringe debut from a prolific Manchester performer. And mind the badgers. No seriously: when the line dancing finishes, if they move onto the Macarena, we're stuffed.
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Is it poetry or prop comedy or just a fat man with too many marker pens? Judge for yourself in this Fringe debut from a prolific Manchester performer. And mind the badgers. No seriously: when the line dancing finishes, if they move onto the Macarena, we're stuffed.
Leading Manchester spoken word star Fat Roland will weave monologues, prop comedy, awful cartoons and hilarious yet moving stories at his 2015 Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut, Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship.
Short story performer Fat Roland has performed with a 50-foot scroll, a lifesize cardboard cutout of racing driver Jarno Trulli, a papier-mâché lemon tree hat, and photographs of animal bottoms taken on a rather awkward day trip to Chester Zoo.
Roland will follow his brief appearance with Bright Club at the 2013 Fringe - during which he explained the entire history of the charts with cartoon numbers - by combining his great loves: fractured short stories, unbridled surrealism and hilarious marker-pen sketches.
Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship: A Spoken Word Comedy About One Idiot's Battle With Electronic Music is his debut one-hour spoken word solo show and will run at 5pm at the Cellar Monkey, Argyle Place, from August 6 to 19.
"A precise and confounding journey... one of the funniest things ever, and also one of the saddest." Reviewer David Hartley on 1996 And All That, Fat Roland's monologue about bombs and underpants
Roland runs Manchester's popular live literature collective Bad Language, winner of the 2015 Saboteur award for Best Spoken Word Night. Bad Language supports emerging writers by bringing them to performance spaces such as the Royal Exchange, Lowry Theatre and Kendal Calling. He also writes a techno column for Electronic Sound magazine and has won awards for his comedic blogging on electronic music.