Announcing a Rogues Double Bill at FringeHQ Oct 9-19!

Company of Rogues are transferring their hit Sydney Fringe show Gravity Guts into the new FringeHQ theatre hub this October 9-19 in an exciting double bill with the world premiere of Peter Maple’s poignant Ginger. Black. Brunette. Blonde.  

In Sophia Simmons’ uplifting, semi-autobiographical Gravity Guts, we meet Sophia, a young woman describing her journey to adulthood through her relationship with her alcoholic father and their shared passion for science and science fiction. Joyful, delicately woven, and darkly humorous, Gravity Guts attempts to explore the big questions – how do we survive growing up? What exactly is a qasar? How do you find your voice in a vacuum? Directed by Erica Lovell this award-winning play recently enjoyed sell-out shows at Sydney Fringe where it has been nominated for a Fringe Award.

And in Peter Maple’s Ginger. Black. Brunette. Blonde. We’re invited into the mind of Sarah, a woman trapped by the memories of a mother she barely got to know, treading water in her daily life and hoping to break free from the grip of her own memories. The play, recently developed during EDGE Sydenham with the support of Inner West Council, is a personal and poetic investigation of the power and danger of love, memory and grief, directed by Simon Thomson.

Both works will feature rising star Emily McKnight (Jay’s Jungle, Emily Who, SheShakespeare’s Macbeth), who will play the central roles of Sophia and Sarah.

For Emily, working on two plays simultaneously is both a thrill and a challenge “I really feel like I’m living the dream,” she said, “I’ve been able to meet and get to know both playwrights, and as I work on their stories I’m noticing the difference and similarities of these two young women, to each other and to myself. I think everyone can connect with them in some way. Everyone grows up having to navigate complicated relationships, and we all experience grief, love, longing, loneliness and self-doubt.”

Kerri Glasscock, CEO and Festival Director of Sydney Fringe says: “We are absolutely thrilled to see the smash hit Gravity Guts be able to present a return season in our FRINGE HQ hub. This ground breaking project has been activated with support by the State Government, City of Sydney and property owner Greencliff to provide Sydney’s local independent artists affordable, non-curated space. Projects like this one are vital in being able to nurture our local stories and support local artists.”

Two very different new Australian works from two award-winning playwrights, and a great local cast of all-female performers led by McKnight, will make for an unforgettable night of entertainment in Sydney’s new home of independent theatre, FringeHQ.

When: 7:00pm, Tues 9th – Sat 19th October
Where: FringeHQ – Level Up! 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross
Tickets: Adults $45, Industry $40, Concession $35, Twilight Single Show $30, Preview/Playwave $25
Running time: 105 minutes including interval   |  Ages: Suitable for ages 13+
Bookings: www.sydneyfringe.com/fringehq/whats-on and  www.companyrogues.com


Rogues @ EDGE Sydenham

Company of Rogues is working once more with award-winning playwright Peter Maple on his latest work Ginger. Black. Brunette. Blonde. – in development as part of the EDGE Sydenham festival, powered by the Inner West Council.

An an investigation into grief and the power of the mind (and our memories), Ginger. Black. Brunette. Blonde intensely investigates our personal and famlial ethics through the experience of two women.

EDGE Sydenham has given Peter and The Rogues an amazing opportunity to bring together incredible local actors Suz Mawer, Cassady Maddox and Emily McKnight with Director Simon Thomson, to test this powerful new script for the first time.

Challenging one of our most powerful human experiences, Peter’s poetic words asks ‘how do we honour the past and the person we’re missing without making the pain our future?’ 

We invite you to see this new work before any future seasons and meet the playwright and artists after the show – in fact, we’d love for you to stick around and give us your thoughts and feelings about the piece.

Tickets are complimentary for the in-progress showing. Donations to the artists are welcome.

Details
Ginger Black Brunette Blonde
2pm, Sunday August 4th
St Peters Town Hall
39 Unwins Bridge Road, Sydenham

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A puppet of a little girl looks ahead while behind a quizical nun and schoolboy look on.

Little Girl Lost – Thank You

On Monday 29th July we held the in-progress showing of Little Girl Lost – our collaboration with Matriark Theatre Company and playwright Peter Maple. The Rogues would like to thank everyone who came to see this beautiful new piece of family theatre – and for your amazing feedback.

This uplifting new work attempts to help families talk about Dementia through a fun and mysterious adventure story, animation, music and magical puppetry. We were thrilled to have a house that was so full we all had to muck in for extra seats to be set in Harold Park Hall – our beautiful home for the showing courtesy of City of Sydney. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the city and Inner West Council.  

We’re planning a big future for this little play, so stay tuned to hear more about it. And if you were there, please let us know your thoughts – we’d love to hear them. For now, and from the Rogues/Matriark family, thank you!


Images by Noni Carroll Photography


This development of Little Girl Lost has been made possible with the support of an Inner West Council Art and Culture Grant and the City of Sydney.

Little Girl Lost is based on an original idea by Goldele Rayment with a creative team that included Jane Grimley, Robbi James, Peter Maple and Emily Turner.

Announcing Little Girl Lost

Company of Rogues and Matriark Theatre are delighted to announce their partnership to develop Little Girl Lost, a new work for young audiences written by award-winning playwright Peter Maple. The work will have an in-progress showing open to the public on Monday, July 29th. 

Inspired by family members who have experienced cognitive decline, Little Girl Lost has been designed to help families understand the experience of Dementia/Alzheimer’s in an entertaining, honest and poignant way. 

Director Scott Parker

Director Scott Parker, from Matriark Theatre (Urza and the Song in the Dark, There is a Tribe of Kids), said, “We were excited to have Company of Rogues ask us to be involved with Little Girl Lost – the idea to create a brand new work addressing cognitive decline with young audiences feels bold and risky, qualities that always get us excited. Our vision is to craft a thrilling adventure story that is thoroughly entertaining, beautifully rendered and can nudge the door open for families to talk about ageing in a safe and sophisticated way.”

Told using magical puppetry and quirky animation, we follow Rima, a young girl who wakes up to find herself in a dark place – a land of talking animals and shifting wilderness, where the familiar is made unfamiliar (and vice versa). But she doesn’t know who, what or where she is. 

In order to find her way, Rima will charge herself with an epic journey full of mystery, the bizarre, and the inspiring, aided by an Elephant who knows the way, and a Monkey that just wants to play. Exploring what it is to remember and be remembered, this current development will bring to life the play’s themes, music, puppetry and visual design along with Peter Maple’s poignant words.

Playwright Peter Maple

For Peter Maple (Beast. Belly. Beast, Dead Sunrise), the work is an opportunity to create an experience his own young family could love, “I want to captivate on a visual, auditory, and narrative level, as well as get at the heart of what makes us us, our hearts, bodies, and minds” he said, “I think if we can understand ourselves then, perhaps, we can understand our world”.

Robbi James from Company of Rogues (Boy Out of the Country, Morgan Stern) noted the significance of the partnership, “here was a fantastic opportunity to partner with Matriark, to share our passion for the themes in the play and to explore creating theatre for families for the first time,” he said, “I’m thrilled that Scott was inspired by the idea and we’re inspired by his insatiable desire to create something really special for future audiences”. 

Featuring actors Eliane Morel (Ba Ngoi, Women in Shakespeare), Hayden Rodgers (Josephine Wants to Dance) and Dannielle Jackson (Emily Eyefinger, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show), Little Girl Lost will enjoy two school incursions with Inner West primary and secondary students before the in-progress showing at Harold Park Hall on July 29th. 

The performance is open to the public and is a wonderful opportunity to experience a new show before anyone else, as the creative team test the story, animation and puppetry elements for the first time. 

When: Monday 29th July, 6.30pm (hall open from 6pm, refreshments after performance)
Where: Harold Park Hall, The Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
Tickets: Adults $14, Concession/Industry $9, Under 15 Free – a small ticket fee applies to paid tickets only.
Running time: 40 minutes   
Ages: Suitable for ages 8+   


This development of Little Girl Lost has been made possible with the support of an Inner West Council Art and Culture Grant and the City of Sydney.

Little Girl Lost is based on an original idea by Goldele Rayment with a creative team that included Jane Grimley, Robbi James, Peter Maple and Emily Turner.