Our first experience working with Roland came in 2015 when his immense talent as a lighting designer helped bring our then biggest production to life.
In addition to his skills as a lighting designer Roland also happens to be an award-winning translator. We soon coaxed him onto our team of theatre translation experts, where his insights and expertise helped shape our theatre translation programme, allowing us to shine a different light on the work of some exciting new translators.
The owner of an inquisitive character and with a deep artistic and technical knowledge of theatre, Roland’s dual role within [Foreign Affairs] has since brought light and shade to all aspects of our most recent productions.
We have been spoiled with Roland’s generosity and his big heart and unique sense of humor have thoroughly conquered us. We truly appreciate having him in our circle of LOVED people.
We have conducted a mini ‘interview’ with Roland which we hope will give you an insight into why he’s one of our favourite people.
Images by Camila França Portraits.
I was born in London, studied French and Theatre Studies in Aberystwyth (where the mountains meet the sea!) and lived in Paris for a decade before returning to London a few years ago. I am a literary translator (French to English), theatre practitioner (chiefly lighting design), occasional scribbler, irregular snapper and diehard flâneur. I’m intensely curious and love learning new things.
How many languages do you speak?
I speak English (native), French (fluent), Hebrew (rusty), Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrin (stuttering) and I have a half-decent reading comprehension of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Inexplicably, I never learned Welsh.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
The deserted Pont des Arts (Paris) in the wee hours with a soulmate.
What’s your hidden talent?
I have a frighteningly precise memory for things that happened a long time ago. With the right frame of mind I can virtually transport myself to the past.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It’s not advice exactly, but many years ago, a dear friend told me that when something bad happens – not irremediably bad – it’s like a way life has of shocking you into becoming aware of your situation and preventing something worse happening. I find it a helpful way of dealing with life’s mishaps.
If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
Much as I like learning myself, I’m not a great teacher – perhaps I should learn?! But if I could change one thing in the world, then it would be to make people truly aware that their existence has an importance beyond their brief lifespan, that we are all part of something that has been and will be.