Gravity Guts Wins at the Sydney Fringe Awards!

Gravity Guts, Sophia Simmons’ uplifting coming-of-age story has had an amazing season at Sydney Fringe with sell-out performances, happy audiences and now a Sydney Fringe Award!

The production was nominated for three awards: Best in Theatre, Best Emerging Artist, and the NIDA Most Outstanding Actor (Emily McKnight).

We’re so very proud that Emily McKnight won the NIDA Best Emerging Artist Award for her portrayal of Sophia in this beautiful and joyous work.

The play will transfer almost immediately to FringeHQ, the new theatre hub managed by the Sydney Fringe team. Gravity Guts will presented as part of a double bill with Peter Maple’s latest work Ginger. Black. Brunette. Blonde.

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


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


Gravity Guts nominated for Sydney Fringe Award

The Rogues are totally thrilled to be nominated for a Sydney Fringe award for our latest work, Sophia Simmons’ Gravity Guts.

Sophia’s poetic words about growing up, the universe and everything have been a joy to bring to life, and it’s due to the hard work and immense creativity of the 14 women making this play that The Rogues can shout about our very first award nomination.

The Sydney Fringe Awards will be decided this Sunday, 29th September. We’ll be holding breaths and crossing toes all day waiting to know if we have taken a prize – and wouldn’t that be awesome?!

A huge thanks to Kerri Glasscock, Sydney Fringe and the whole fringe community for their support. Our little season at the Emerging Artist Sharehouse was not only a smash hit (sold out shows!!) but we met some amazing new creatives that we can’t wait to play with.

Thank you.

Gravity Guts to Premiere at Sydney Fringe!

“An extraordinary, deeply affecting meditation on the space between hearts and minds”
Barefoot Review

Company of Rogues will present the NSW premiere of Sophia Simmons’ award-winning story about growing up, the universe and everything as part of the 2019 Sydney Fringe Festival’s Emerging Artists Sharehouse, this September 10th to 14th.

In Gravity Guts we meet teenage Sophia. She’s into science, sci-fi and Sigourney Weaver. She’s not sure why, but at least it’s something she can talk to her dad about, even when he’s a bottle in. She’s trying to understand a lot – growing up, her dad, and the complexities of the universe. She reckons she’ll need all three to become an astronaut. That, and serious Rubix cube skills.

Originally written as a one-woman show, Director Erica Lovell (Boy Out of the Country, The Good Doctor) has reimagined Sophia’s script, which won the national 2018 Pioneer Playwriting Award, to represent a broad spectrum of women, “Sophia’s struggle, though deeply personal, is also a universal rite of passage for all women.” she said, “we grapple with our relationships with men, and the first relationship we must come to terms with is our father – whether he be present, absent, perfect or imperfect.”

Lovell has also drawn on her extensive musical theatre experience as a performer and divisor to create a stunning vocal soundscape with an 11-piece all-female ensemble who bring Sophia’s universe to sonic life in a production that promises to be a highlight of the 2019 Sydney Fringe.

For Emily McKnight (Jay’s Jungle, SheShakespeare’s Macbeth, Emily Who), the role of Sophia is an exciting and empowering new opportunity. “Working on this play has been one of the most challenging yet fulfilling experiences of my acting career so far,” she said, “Sophia goes on such a big journey of self-discovery that is beautiful, messy, nerdy, and really has moments that I think we can all relate to. Plus, the movement and sound of this amazing ensemble really lifts it to the next level.”

Gravity Guts is a heart-warming and often hilarious blend of autobiography, creative nonfiction and comedy that tells the story of a girl who just wants to break free from her father’s orbit, but first she needs to build up the guts.

“Has you feeling, laughing, and wanting more.”  Weekend Notes

When: 7:45pm, Tues 10th – Sat 14th September
Where: Emerging Artists Sharehouse, The Living Room, Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville.
Tickets: Adults $30, Concession $25, Playwave $18. Booking fee $0.51 concession, $0.61 adults.
Running time: 60 minutes
Ages: Suitable for ages 13+
Bookings: www.sydneyfringe.com or  www.companyrogues.com