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


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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Boy Out of the Country

Having enjoyed a successful preview at the Pioneer Play Festival in 2018, Company of Rogues’ Boy Out of the Country – a fast, funny and smartly observant story about family, property, and the progress of life – returns for a premiere Sydney season at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre May 9-25.

In it, troubled country boy Hunter returns home from the city after a mysterious seven-year absence to find the family home swept up in a regional housing estate, his mother in aged care, and his brother Gordon in charge.

In this moment of shifting economies and loyalties Hunter goes in search of answers, but for he and Gordon sibling rivalry and childhood nostalgia will collide with unexpected consequences.

Written by award-winning playwright Felix Nobis, Boy Out of the Country is a bush ballad for contemporary regional life, written in vernacular verse reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Patterson. Here, old Australia meets new Australia – a country cop comes to terms with rapid social change, a backyard is less important than an extra bedroom, and the places that were once so familiar can change before our eyes.

Directed by Erica Lovell, this newly-realised production features the original cast inclduing Tom Harwood (Things Not to do After a Break Up), Jason Glover (Van Dieman’s Land), Jeannie Gee (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child). Joing the cast in the role of Walker will be celebrated actor and teacher Stan Kouros (Actors Centre Australia).

Lovell said “Having grown up in a small Australian town Boy Out of the Country resonates with my own experience of seeing regional places transformed, of going back to discover changes that are always striking.”

Boy Out of the Country emerged from the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme and was awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award. It was selected as the premiere work for the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival in Castle Hill 2018.

What: Boy Out of the Country

When: 9-25 May 2019, Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm

Where: Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach

Bedlam Unleashed – a Thank You gallery

Now that the glitter has settled, and Bedlam is put to bed once more, we just wanted to shout out to the amazing artists, the team at the Red Rattler, and our incredible audience to say “thank you”.

Bedlam Cabaret gives us the opportunity to offer paid performance opportunities to artists we really believe in; helps us build a community between artists across genres and talents; and connects them to audiences who are keen to experience something different.

Vaudeville is alive and well in Sydney once more!

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Andy Dexterity closes Bedlam in style!

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Andy Dexterity – good with his hands!

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Poppy Cox, direct from Berlin to Bedlam

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Poppy Cox – an awesome Gainsbourg-inspired puppetry sketch.

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Ben Noir dazzles with only a towel!

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Ben Noir shows why he’s a boylesque favourite

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Debbie Zukerman as Raz

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Debbie Zukerman as Raz shows us why science is both cool, and unpredicatable

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Host James Breko leads us into Bedlam!

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Ben Noir’s incredible voice (and cheeky act) had us in stitches.

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Curly Fries gargles his way into our hearts

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….and then into our fantasies!

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Vashti Hughes as Larry Olive

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Larry Olive (Vashti Hughes) teaches us all a thing or two about ‘acting’.

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The incredible Marlena Dali dazzles on the Bedlam Cabaret stage.

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Kael Murray is all lace and legend.

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Kael Murray brings charm, wit and fierceness to Bedlam

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Moments before Kael Murray surprises us all!

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Prince Enigma slides up, down and into our hearts

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Big voice, great costume and a personality to match – meet Prince Enigma

And finally,

A big THANK YOU to our friends, family and lovers, who make making art so much easier. Without their support we Rogues couldn’t do what we do. We love you.

x Goldele and Robbi

 

 

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Prince Enigma

He’s your boylesque fantasy with a wicked twist and his performances are never less than sizzling. Meet Prince Enigma, our next artist from Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for you to get to know over 5 little questions..

Who is Prince Enigma and what is that you do?
Through his acts he wants others to feel sexy, turned on, bring smile on their faces and be entertained.

What inspires your performances?
Smiles amongst the audience.

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Your version of happiness is…
Progress

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
Dancing the night away.

Describe you Bedlam performance in 3 words.
Tantalising. Amusing. Orgasmic.

Don’t miss Prince Enigma at Bedlam Cabaret on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler. Doors open 7, show starts 7.30pm – tickets on sale now here!

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Andy Dexterity

We’ve been watching him for years and The Rogues finally got to meet our next Bedlam Artist when we shared a theatre at EdFringe – where we fell for him like everyone else. He’s bold, brash and good with his hands. Meet Andy Dexterity, our next artist from Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for you to get to know over 5 little questions..

Who is Andy Dexterity, and what is that you do?
Andy Dexterity reveals themself to me daily.

At this moment in time, Andy continues to translate life experience into movement – with ridiculous dance moves, copious costume changes and sassy sign language. Although, there are some big changes a-brewing…

What inspires your performances?
I love creating performance pieces that can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, anytime. My wish is that people find their bodies shimmying and gesticulating a little more after experiencing an Andy Dexterity performance.

Throwing a shape with someone from across the street that you haven’t met yet…

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Your version of happiness is?
Embracing and celebrating difference – whilst eating hot chips. with parmesan cheese. and truffle oil.

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
I’ll host a small pride parade at home, from my kitchen to the living room with a ridiculously strong pina colada in-hand.

Describe you Bedlam performance in 3 words…
…I just struck 3 poses.

Don’t miss Andy Dexterity at Bedlam Cabaret on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale now here!

 

Check our more of Andy on his website here.