Ross Sutherland

Stand-By For Tape Back-Up

16th – 25th August.


Book tickets here.

Inspired by the Eighties teenage experiment of matching up The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Ross Sutherland attempts his own experiment in synchronicity.

Using nothing but found-footage from a videotape belonging to his Granddad, Ross attempts to draw out a series of stories from his life, synchronising words, second-for-second, with the images behind him. Fragments from old films and TV shows are looped, destroyed, and then re-built into a powerful audio-visual poem on memory, death and reruns.

Ross Sutherland is a Time Out Award winner (with poetry collective Aisle16) and former The Times’ Literary Star of the Year. His work has been featured on BBC2’s Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 1, 3 and 4.

His previous one man show, The Three Stigmata Of Pacman (2010) enjoyed a string of rave reviews and was Time Out Critics’ Choice for its subsequent London run. In 2011, he created the interactive game Hinterland, which took place across the streets of Edinburgh. And at last year’s festival, he created interactive auto-theatre piece Comedian Dies In The Middle Of Joke, which recently enjoyed a sell-out London residency.

Presented by Show and Tell. Supported by Battersea Arts Centre and Mercy.

Watch an excerpt from the show online at:

Early reviews for Standby For Tape Backup:

“The precise interlocking of Sutherland’s prose-poems with his found footage is startling… meticulously written, smart, funny and one of the best things I’ve seen in a theatre this year” – Maddy Costa, Dialogue

“Amazing, hypnotic, touching” – Londonist

“Surprisingly affecting” – The Wire

Selected reviews for The Three Stigmata of Pacman:

“One of the most exciting new voices to emerge on the Fringe this year” – ★★★★ The Independent

“Thoughtful, articulate and very funny” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

“In the extraordinarily assured hands of Sutherland, it has the verbal urgency of rap, the wry self-mockery of stand-up and a linguistic inquisitiveness all of its own” – Time Out, Critics’ Choice

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