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Ross Sutherland: The Three Stigmata of Pacman (Trailer)

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Show + Tell/ Escalator East to Edinburgh present: ROSS SUTHERLAND: THE THREE STIGMATA OF PACMAN Times' Top Ten Literary Star presents his battle with self-fulfilling prophecy on a journey from tabloid hack to timeline altering saboteur. Underbelly (Venue 61) Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1EG Show: 4.40pm (55mins) Dates: Aug 5-15, 17-29 Tickets: £6-10 Tel: 08445 458 252 | www.underbelly.co.uk '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 Working for a national daily 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, in an attempt to repair the damage he's done to the timeline, Ross trawls cabaret club stages, asking audiences to help fill 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 back in Essex living 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? Walking familiar streets, walled into a world with no future at all; where every day is the same as the last, only slightly faster, Ross realises, this is the first stigmata of Pac-man, a character he is fast becoming; and one whom he recasts as the tragic hero of the final fairytale he posts into his time capsule. Could the secret to understanding the future lie in a yellow pill-munching character from his past? 'Thoughtful, articulate and very funny'-- Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard Sutherland's debut solo show mixes a darkly comic narrative with stark animation and dexterous verse. A performance which uncannily combines intimacy and humour with a bleak otherworldliness. Ross Sutherland is an award-winning stand-up poet and journalist and a member of poetry collective Aisle 16 (Time Out Critic's Choice Award Winners). His work has appeared on Radio 1's Colin Murray Show and performed by actor Damien Lewis on BBC2's Newsnight Review. Ross Sutherland: The Three Stigmata of Pacman has been selected for Escalator East To Edinburgh 2010. Each year Escalator, East to Edinburgh helps artists and arts organisations to raise their profile and perform to new audiences as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. High-resolution images are available to download at www.easttoedinburgh.co.uk LINKS www.rosssutherland.co.uk www.showandtelluk.com LISTINGS INFORMATION Venue: Underbelly Venue 61 Dates: 5 - 29 Aug 2010 (not 16) Time: 16.40 (ends 17.35) Tickets: £6 - £10 Venue Box Office: 0844 545 8252 Online: www.underbelly.co.uk