Standby for true story that wowed audiences at Fringe

Standby for Tape Backup at Bedford Theatre.
Standby for Tape Backup at Bedford Theatre.

A true story of one man’s journey following a serious accident is told at Bedford Theatre, in a production which won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Performer Ross Sutherland said: “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.”

Show and Tell present Standby for Tape Back-up at Bedford Theatre on Tuesday, February 24 at 7.30pm.

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.

Standby For Tape Back-Up is the true story of one man’s journey into synchronicity and madness.

The production was one of the critical hits of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 – enjoying a sell-out run at Summerhall and numerous glowing reviews.

Critics have written: “Simply note down the booking number because this is a must-see show - extraordinary, one of the stand out shows of the Fringe, this is a wonderfully layered piece, touching, funny and linguistically thrilling.”

Tickets are £10, concessions £8. The show runs for an hour and is suitable for children over 14. Visit