"A Life in the Theatre' - Roland Rocchiccioli

STAGES with Peter Eyers show

Summary: Roland Rocchiccioli is a man of the theatre. His, is a celebrated career of more than 50 years. Comedian Billy Connolly said of him: 'His name is like alphabet soup'. Rocchiccioli spent his childhood watching the unfolding dramas in Gwalia, a town on the north eastern goldfields of Western Australia. He was schooled by nuns and monks in New Norcia. It was a unique childhood recounted in his engaging memoir 'And Be Home Before Dark'. A life in the Arts eventually called and in1966 he served an apprenticeship with a theatre company in Perth, learning much of the craft that would support him in his future roles - stage manager, actor, director, playwright, company manager and broadcaster. He has worked with the impresarios Harry M. Miller and Ken Brodziak on productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. He's worked on Broadway and The West End with luminaries like Ingrid Bergman, Debbie Reynolds and Googie Withers. He has written the plays 'Now You Can Eat Father Christmas' and 'Letters From The Heart'. A new play is in the works. As a broadcaster he can be heard regularly on radio sharing his infinite knowledge of all things entertainment. He is wonderful company, erudite and charming.