Roland Rees co-founded as Artistic Director Foco Novo, one of the earliest, innovative touring UK Fringe Theatre companies. He commissioned and directed many new plays, including The Elephant Man, seen in his Foco Novo production at the Hampstead Theatre and the National Theatre. The play went to Broadway, and the story was later filmed. In sixteen years with Foco Novo he worked experimentally with new writers, designers, actors, musicians, producers and administrators who have taken their experience into mainstream theatre, TV and films (source: Oberon Books).
Roland was a long-time friend and colleague of Alfred, directing three of his plays, 11 Josephine House in 1972 at Almost Free Theatre/Interaction, Death of a Blackman at Hampstead Theatre in 1975 and in 1983 Sleeping Policeman at Royal Court Upstairs.
Roland is featured in the Unfinished Histories archive.
Roland died in 2015. The Roland Rees Bursary has been created in his name.