Roland has formed a new company, Giant Steps, to present an exciting range of progressive work.
The first production was 'Enduring Freedom' by Anders Lustgarten about the personal and political
legacy of 9/11. It premiered at the Finborough Theatre in August 2008.
In September 2013 Giant Steps produced 'Where The Shot Rabbits Lay' by Brad Birch. The play explored the relationship between a father and son after a fractious divorce and was presented at The White Bear Theatre.
Redgrave Theatre (1994 - 1995)
At The Redgrave Theatre, Farnham Roland gave the theatre a more distinct profile. He produced a range of well written high quality classics and directed ‘The Playboy Of The Western World’ by J.M. Synge and ‘George Dandin’ by Moliere.
Lyric Theatre, Belfast (1988 - 1991)
At the Lyric Roland’s progressive policy of international drama from an Irish perspective broadened
the repertoire. He produced not only four new Irish plays by Robin Glendinning, Christina Reid, John
McClelland and Robert Ellison, but also bold revivals like ‘Over The Bridge’, Sam Thompson’s powerful
anti sectarian drama set in the Belfast shipyards and initiated the UK premiere of the ‘glasnost’ play
‘Threshold’ by Alexei Dudarev.
During his tenure, he directed a series of American plays: ‘After The Fall’ by Arthur Miller (the first revival for 40 years in the UK), ‘The Iceman Cometh’ by Eugene O’Neill and ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ by Tennessee Williams.
The Group (1983 - 1984) / Live Theatre (1984 - 1985)
During the 80's Roland and Tim Woodward were Co Artistic Directors of The Group, which presented a series
of European and American plays at fringe venues in London. They included: ‘Naked’, Luigi Pirandello’s play
about a woman exploited by the various people in her life, ’30 Pieces Of Silver’, Howard Fast’s play about
the effects of McCarthyism on a US family and ‘Hinkemann’, Ernst Toller’s expressionist drama about a soldier
shattered by fighting in World War 1 with Ray Winstone in the title role.
For Live Theatre, Roland’s work included the UK premiere of Graham Reid’s ‘The Death Of Humpty Dumpty’ about a paraplegic victim of ‘the troubles’ and a play by Barry Hines’ of ‘Kes’ fame, about different generations of coal miners, ‘Billy’s Last Stand’.
Green Fields and Far Away (1977 - 1981)
Roland founded the company that toured fourteen productions in the UK with Irish and Irish related work, usually with two plays - a repertoire of a classic by Synge, O’Casey, Behan or Farquhar and a new play. The new writers included Desmond Hogan (‘The Ikon Maker’ about a young man’s rites of passage in rural Ireland), Leigh Jackson ('A Flag Unfurled’ about Erskine Childers, English MP/writer turned Irish patriot) and Ian McPherson ‘Jack Doyle - The Man Who Boxed Like John McCormick’ about the celebrated Irish boxer who married Mexican beauty Movita (Brando’s ex and ended down and out in Notting Hill Gate). The latter played at The Lyric Hammersmith during the A Sense Of Ireland Festival 1981.
Abbey Theatre, Dublin (1971 - 1973)
During the 1970's Roland became one of the few English theatre directors to be a resident Director at The Abbey Theatre Dublin. His productions included Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy ‘The School For Scandal’ and ‘Hatchet’ by Heno Magee, a play about violence in working class Dublin, which he later directed in London with Colm Meaney in the title role. He also directed Michel de Ghelerode’s drama about death and power ‘Escurial’, Fernando Arrabal’s anti war ‘Picnic On The Battlefield’ and Conor Cruise O’Brien’s dramatic debate about political violence -‘ King Herod Advises’.
Associate Director, The Welsh Drama Company (1974)
Roland produced a season at The Sherman Theatre Cardiff which included his productions of Strindberg’s ‘Miss Julie’ , Arrabal’s absurdist version of the death of Christ ‘The Car Cemetery’ and Brecht’s parable on exploitation ‘The Exception and The Rule'.
Assistant Director, The Royal Court Theatre (1969)He assisted the distinguished theatre and film director, Lindsay Anderson, on David Storey’s play about work, ‘The Contractor’.
Courtesy of The Lyric Theatre Belfast.
'After The Fall' by Arthur Miller.
Courtesy of The Lyric Theatre Belfast.
'The Iceman Cometh' by Eugene O'Neill.
'The Accrington Pals' by Peter Whelan.