Ross Sutherland - The Three Stigmata of Pacman (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

Ross Sutherland - The Three Stigmata of Pacman

Life’s daftness exposed via poetry and music

Over the past few Fringes, Luke Wright has earned himself a reputation as the cutting thrust of performance poetry. Now two of his fellow Aisle 16 buddies are getting their taste of an Edinburgh ‘summer’. While Tim Clare takes us on a Death Drive at Zoo Roxy, the Underbelly is hosting this excellent debut from Edinburgh-born, Essex-raised Ross Sutherland. The Three Stigmata of Pacman (discussing the title will give away too much) is described by its creator as ‘live literature, or whatever this is’, and features plenty of projected imagery, slabs of music and swabs of poetry.

Sutherland’s story takes us from his happy life working as a music reviewer for Metro, amusingly sharing office space with the Daily Mail, to redundancy and the spectre of having to move back to the family home. The disintegration of his self is played out on a backdrop of fairy tale and Greek mythology with Sutherland showing a forensic Stewart Lee-esque disdain for life’s stupidities. A moving and compelling show which might have you swiftly returning for seconds.

Underbelly, 08445 458 252, until 29 Aug (not 16), 4.40pm, £9–£10.50 (£6.50–£9.50).

Ross Sutherland - The Three Stigmata of Pacman

  • 4 stars

The Times top ten literary star and Time Out Award-winner combines animation with poetic lyricism in his 'thoughtful, articulate and very funny' (Evening Standard) true-story battle against self-fulfilling prophecy. Ross tells of his transformation from tabloid hack to timeline altering saboteur. A journey through memory…