Standby For Tape Back-Up

“Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sit-coms. Somehow, it became the story of my life” (Ross Sutherland)

After a hard-drive crash and a near death experience, Ross Sutherland found himself house-bound with only one thing for company: an old videotape that once belonged to his granddad.

Over the months that followed, Ross memorised every second of the tape. Slowly, he learnt how to manipulate the images into telling the story of his life. The videotape allowed Ross to open a dialogue with his late grandfather, and eventually helped him confront the illness that had nearly ended his life.

The true story of one man’s journey into synchronicity and madness.

Following a nationwide tour of the UK in 2015 – including sold-out London runs at Shoreditch Town Hall and Soho Theatre – and a sell-out run in New York, Sutherland offers a repeat chance for viewing on tour in 2016.

Directed by Rob Watt. Tour supported by Arts Council England. Development was supported by the Roundhouse, Writers Centre Norwich, Southbank Centre, Metal Peterborough and Arts Council England.


On Tour


“Simply note down the booking number, because this is a must see show… extraordinary”
The Observer

“Consuming, compelling, hypnotic… One of the stand-out shows of the Fringe”
The Stage

Fest Magazine

“Touching, funny, linguistically thrilling”
Exeunt Magazine

“Achingly Beautiful”
A Younger Theatre

“Beautifully crafted, strikingly original”
The Telegraph

“Dizzyingly clever”
The Independent

“Poignantly epheheral”
What’s On Stage

“Beautifully poetic”
Time Out

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Venues / Tickets

FEB 23; Arts at the Old Firestation, OXFORD – Sold Out
FEB 25; Spring & Heritage Arts Centre, HAVANT – Date Passed
FEB 26; The Maltings, FARNHAM – Date Passed
MAR 2; Arts Centre, COLCHESTER – Date Passed
MAR 3; Secombe Theatre, SUTTON – Date Passed
MAR 4; Old Town Hall, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD – Sold Out
MAR 9; Arts Centre, NORWICH – Book Tickets
MAR 10; Connaught Theatre, WORTHING – Book Tickets
MAR 11; Shelley Theatre, BOURNEMOUTH – Book Tickets

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