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

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

On Tour - Standby For Tape Back Up

I am excited to announce that Standby For Tape Back Up by Ross Sutherland is going on tour. After its success last year at Summerhall in Edinburgh Ross will be travelling the UK over the next few months and ending up in London. If you didn't catch it last year then now is your chance. 

★★★★★ The Stage -  'Consuming, compelling, hypnotic… One of the stand-out shows of the Fringe'

★★★★ The Independent - 'Dizzyingly clever'

★★★★ The Telegraph - 'Startlingly original'

★★★★ Time Out - 'Beautifully poetic'

Tour Dates

Tuesday February 24;  Bedford Theatre, BEDFORD Book Tickets Online

Tuesday March 10; Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE Book Tickets Online

Wednesday March 11; Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE Book Tickets Online

Saturday March 14; The Lowry, SALFORD QUAYS Book Tickets Online

Friday March 20; The Marlowe Theatre, CANTERBURY Book Tickets Online

Wednesday March 25 The MAC, BIRMINGHAM Book Tickets Online

Monday March 23; The Bike Shed Theatre, EXETER Book Tickets Online

Thursday March 26; New Wolsey Studio, IPSWICH Book Tickets Online

Thursday April 2; South Street Arts, READING –  Book Tickets Online

Friday April 3; The Cube, BRISTOL –   Book Tickets Online

Saturday April 4; The Old Market, BRIGHTON –  Book Tickets Online

Thursday April 9; Oxford Playhouse, OXFORD –  Book Tickets Online

Friday April 10; Oxford Playhouse, OXFORD –  Book Tickets Online

Tuesday April 28; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON – Book Tickets Online 

Wednesday April 29; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 

Thursday April 30; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 

Friday May 1; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 

Saturday May 2; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 

Image by Paul Blakemore


Standby for Tape Back-Up tranfers to the Bush Theatre

For all of those who missed the show when it was at Summer Hall in Edinburgh this year, Standby for Tape Back-Up by Ross Sutherland is transferring to the Bush Theatre in London as part of their RADAR festival. Standby will be double billed with My Beautiful Black Dog by Brigitte Aphrodite. 

My Beautiful Black Dog by Brigitte Aphrodite is a new piece of gig-theatre for people interested in music, comedy, poetry, theatre, theatrically - and the difficult and beauteous complexity of our mental health.

'Black dog is what Winston Churchill used to call his depression... I have a beautiful black dog and I call her creshendorious.'

Book your tickets HERE

Tickets - £10 early bird*, £15 standard (£10 students & under 26) 
My Beautiful Black Dog starts - 7.30pm
My Beautiful Black Dog running time - 60 mins
Standby For Tape Back-Up starts - 9pm
Standby For Tape Back-Up running time - 60 mins
* - limited number of early bird tickets available