Ross Sutherland: The Three Stigmata Of Pacman

The Times’ Top Ten Literary Star Of The Year and Time Out Award Winner combines animation with poetic lyricism in his battle with the self-fulfilling prophecy. A true story about time travel.

Ross Sutherland’s job is to predict the future. Working for a well-known national newspaper, Ross spends his days surrounded by people speculating on Britain’s imminent collapse. As far as his office is concerned, The Future is already written, and it doesn’t look good.
Each night, Ross attempts to repair the damage he has done to the timeline. He trawls the stages of cabaret clubs, asking audiences to help him full up a time capsule, sending objects, stories and poems to help out their future selves.  But when the recession hits, Ross finds himself out of a job and on his way back to Essex to live with his parents. Trapped in his own past, warring with his old enemy (the local Spar), Ross must use his time capsule as a means of escape. But How? Does the secret to understanding the future lie in a yellow pill-munching character from his past?
Sutherland’s debut solo show mixes a darkly comic narrative with stark animation and dexterous verse. A performance that uncannily combines intimacy and humour with a bleak otherworldliness.
Reviews for the London run of The Three Stigmata Of Pacman in January 2010:
“Performance poetry is no longer the stuff of lank-haired new romantics breathing heavily into microphones. In the extraordinarily assured hands of Ross 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, Critic’s Choice Show Of The Week (21/1/10)
“Thoughtful, articulate and very funny” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“The talented Ross Sutherland brings philosophy, physics and fun together in a highly entertaining view of society, which transcends the obvious, scintillates with originality and packs a hard-hitting intellectual punch” FIVE STARS – Broadway Baby
Notes For Editors:
Ross Sutherland is an award-winning stand-up poet and journalist, who has produced countless collaborative live shows encompassing poetry, performance and mixed media in recent years.
He is a noted video game expert, lecturing at the University Of Liverpool. He recently completed a thesis on computer-generated poetry.
Most notable has been his work as part of poetry collective Aisle 16 (Time Out Critics’ Choice Of The Year Award Winners).
His work has been aired on Radio 1′s Colin Murray Show, Radio 3′s The Verb, a co-written Radio 4 documentary and performed by actor Damien Lewis on BBC2′s Newsnight Review.
He released his debut poetry collection in 2008, entitled Things To Do Before You Leave Town (Penned In The Margins).

Ross Sutherland’s job is to predict the future. Working for a well-known national newspaper, Ross spends his days surrounded by people speculating on Britain’s imminent collapse. As far as his office is concerned, The Future is already written, and it doesn’t look good.

But when the recession hits, Ross finds himself out of a job and on his way back to Essex to live with his parents. Trapped in his own past, warring with his old enemy (the local Spar), Ross must use his time capsule as a means of escape. But How? Does the secret to understanding the future lie in a yellow pill-munching character from his past?

REVIEWS FROM THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE (AUGUST 2010):

“Ross Sutherland’s debut show melds stand-up, satire and sinuous verse, making the 29 year-old spoken-word artist one of the most exciting new voices to emerge on the Fringe this year. A real star in the making.” ★★★★ – The Independent

“A forensic Stewart Lee-esque disdain for life’s stupidities. A moving and compelling show which might have you swiftly returning for seconds.” ★★★★ – The List

“A lack of hype means too many will miss out on Fringe first-timer Ross Sutherland’s remarkable offering. The Three Stigmata Of Pacman is a quirky mix of comedy, multimedia slides and poetry, and puts many more experienced acts to shame with its experimental nature and comic impact.” ★★★★ – Fest Magazine

“Exhilarating and energising.” ★★★★ – Three Weeks

“Full of Perecian wordplay, some eerie video and a time capsule that looks an awful lot like a plastic, flip-top bin.” - The Stage

“A Dave Gorman, Lord Of The Rings-esque voyage of personal discovery. With talent like this emerging, the future’s never looked so bright.” ★★★★ – Hairline

REVIEWS FOR ITS LONDON RUN (JANUARY 2010):

“Performance poetry is no longer the stuff of lank-haired new romantics breathing heavily into microphones. In the extraordinarily assured hands of Ross 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, Critic’s Choice Theatre Show Of The Week (21/1/10)

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

“The talented Ross Sutherland brings philosophy, physics and fun together in a highly entertaining view of society, which transcends the obvious, scintillates with originality and packs a hard-hitting intellectual punch” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby