Seven Inch

The Lowry, Salford; Thursday 24th May, 2018



Fat Roland has an old-fashioned record shop, fully stocked up with plenty of vinyl to please a variety of tastes. As well as the usual shelves of familiar rock and pop, a few niche collections are also available: early medieval grime, for example; and a very intriguing section holding TV theme tunes from Tuesday 9th June 1982.

On the occasion of his 45th birthday, which he intends to celebrate in the same spirit as his 33 ⅓rd birthday, Fat Roland is preparing for the arrival of his celebrity mates.

Seven Inch is a comedic hour of musical musing, a one-man band of a show where a geeky nerd shares his thoughts and observations as he slowly comes to realise that he’s going to have to shut his beloved store down in the face of an already progressing retail collapse.

This is more than a stand-up comedy show, the set and props are hilarious: everything is a hand-drawn cartoon on paper, including the record player – the snazzily named Fatboy Spin 3000. There’s even a special guest appearance from Queen guitarist Brian May, though he is manifested in the form of a hastily fashioned sketch on a whiteboard.

Seven Inch is an enjoyable blast of musical curiosity which takes the audience on a strange journey, a journey back to a past that is not too distant yet one which we know  has definitely gone forever. The performance has a slight hint of being disorganised and  seems to stumble and falter as it progresses, but it is nevertheless held together with a barrage of hilarious jokes that are both visual as well as spoken.

Performance aspect Comments Score
Visual pleasure Hilarious set made up entirely of cartoon drawings, everything being hand-drawn. 4
Auditory pleasure Some great bursts of classics from all over the musical landscape, but just not enough, needed much more! 3
Architecture & Theme This is primarily a comedy, some of the jokes were very good but they didn’t seem to flow particularly well, too many pregnant pauses made it feel as if it was stumbling along a bit. 2
Artistic delivery Parts of the performance were genuinely hilarious but too often the pace slowed down and sometimes ground to a halt completely. 2
Overall impact Quite a clever little show with lots of amusing in-jokes based on popular music. Seemed to come across as a little disorganised, which is a shame as the funny bits were genuinely really funny. 3
Final Score: 2.8


Scoring Scheme

0 Detrimental – This aspect of the performance was so bad that it made the overall experience worse
1 Weak – This aspect of the performance was poor
2 Adequate – This aspect of the performance was perfectly acceptable, though nothing special
3 Good – This aspect of the performance was above average, it pleased in some way
4 Excellent – This aspect of the performance was much better than normal, it was impressive
5 Awe-inspiring – This aspect of the performance was exceptional, new boundaries were pushed.


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