Roland started producing and directing radio drama in 1996 when he became Senior Producer for Radio Drama at BBC Northern Ireland. He has directed/ produced plays for Radio 3 and 4 as well as documentaries for Radio 2.
His work includes comedy series ‘Spangles ‘n’ Tights’ by Christopher Fitz-Simon with Pauline McLynn, Frank Kelly of ‘Father Ted’ fame and David Kelly. He has also directed/ produced new plays by John Arden, Robin Glendinning, Martin Lynch, Colum McCann, Mark Lawson, Kaite O’Reilly, Jonathan Myerson and ‘Mash’ creator Larry Gelbart as well as classic serials, ‘The Aran Islands’ by J.M. Synge, dramatised by Shaun McCarthy and ‘December Bride’ by Sam Hanna Bell, dramatised by Carlo Gébler.
He has also directed three plays by Rob John which have won much acclaim from critics and audience alike: ‘The Spaceman’, a play about a boy wanting to meet Yuri Gargarin while studying for the eleven plus, ‘After Scarborough’ about the deception between three friends entering an international Elvis competition and ‘The Little Queen of England’, about a young schoolgirl wanting to meet the Queen.
Roland has directed ‘The Property Of Colette Nervi’, a delicate drama about theft and perception, for which author William Trevor adapted his own short story and was nominated for a Prix Italia Award.