Standby For Tape Backup - On Tour (again!)

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 version in New York, Sutherland offers a repeat chance for viewing on tour in 2016.

 Written and Performed by Ross Sutherland // 

Directed by Rob Watt //

Produced by Show and Tell //

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

Tour Dates:

FEB 23; Arts at the Old Firestation, OXFORD – Book Tickets
FEB 25; Spring & Heritage Arts Centre, HAVANT – Book Tickets
FEB 26; The Maltings, FARNHAM – Book Tickets
MAR 2; Arts Centre, COLCHESTER – Book Tickets
MAR 3; Secombe Theatre, SUTTON – Book Tickets
MAR 4; Old Town Hall, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD – On Sale Soon
MAR 5; St Barts Theatre, READING – Book Tickets
MAR 9; Arts Centre, NORWICH – Book Tickets
MAR 10; St Barts Theatre, WORTHING – Book Tickets
MAR 11; Shelley Theatre, BOURNEMOUTH – Book Tickets
MAR 12; Ashcroft Arts Centre, FAREHAM – Book Tickets

A day in the life...

A month ago the Department of Culture, Media and Sport asked me to write a blog post that looks at a typical day... and this is what I wrote...

I don’t have a typical day and that is how I like it.

I wake at about 6.30am – I am not really a morning person but have trained myself to get up early as I end up being a lot more productive with my day. On the majority of days I will go to the gym, a few years back I would have thought this was total madness but it shocks my system into action. I also have a dog so I walk him.

Currently, I am producing the Connections Festival at the National Theatre so my days are consumed by lots of preparation. We have ten youth theatre companies coming to the National Theatre from all over the country and it is my job to make sure they have everything they need to make it a brilliant experience. This is my 5th year producing the festival so I feel relatively on top of everything – I also have an awesome team. For the past couple of months I have travelled the length and breadth of the country watching loads of youth theatre productions; this year I have genuinely been overwhelmed by the brilliance of the work I have seen.

Over lunch I have a Google Hangout with Bethany Wells and Katharine Williams, the designer and lighting designer of my new Edinburgh show, Human Resources, written and performed by Hannah Walker and Chris Thorpe. We are in that interesting time where the show is not quite formed but we need to make some decisions to move the production on – also Summer Hall, our Edinburgh venue, is needing specs! A lot of meetings I have recently are through Google Hangout or Skype.

The afternoon sees me in technical rehearsals for one of the Connections shows. It is a wonderful moment when a youth theatre-company, who has created a show on a shoestring, is given the resource of the NT. It is one of the best moments of my job when they get to realise their show as they had intended.

I head home to feed and walk my dog and then straight out to the Bush to watch Francesca Beard run a scratch version of a show we are working on called A Lie. Francesca is performing it at Latitude in a few weeks so this is a chance to see how it works in front of an audience. There is a bit of audience participation so these moments are so important as we just don’t know how it will land in a rehearsal room.

I am home by 12 ready to start all over again tomorrow!

5 Top Tips for getting into the Creative Industries.

A few weeks back The DCMS asked me what my 5 top tips were for people to get into the Creative Industries. It was an interesting task thinking about what advice I could give; here is what I came up with.

  • Make-work – you can make-work on a shoestring, money helps but don’t wait for it.
  • Be authentic – why make work that you are not proud of. It may sound odd but when I started out I made work that I thought other people wanted to see rather than making work that connected with me. Trust that if you love it someone else will.
  • Be nice – this costs nothing but so many people forget! It helps people to remember you and makes the process of making work a while lot more enjoyable.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask – for so long I felt I had no right to ask for a meeting, or advice, or work experience, but there are so many people who are willing to offer people experience and time. Just get in contact with them; the worst they can say in no.
  • Get a job that will support the beginnings of your creative career. Lets be honest, the creative industries doesn’t, in the majority, pay big bucks so get a job that will help pay the rent. Working in a theatre in Box Office or as an usher will keep you in the industry but will pay regularly.

Do you have any more suggestions? 


Standby For Tape Back-up comes to @shoreditchTH this week

After its trek across the UK, Standby For Tape Back-up is coming to Shoreditch Town Hall this week. So, if you haven't yet seen it then now is your chance to see it. 

For tickets go HERE

Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sitcoms. Somehow it became the story of my life.

Ross Sutherland attempts a daring experiment in synchronicity. Using nothing but found-footage from one of his granddad’s old videotapes, Ross attempts to draw out his entire life story.

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

"Simply note down the booking number because this is a must-see… Extraordinary" The Observer
"Consuming, compelling, hypnotic" ★★★★★ The Stage
"Dizzyingly clever" ★★★★ The Independent
"Startlingly original" ★★★★ The Independent
"Beautifully poetic" ★★★★ Time Out