What starts as a seemingly simple tale about a young woman's love of space, Gravity Guts soon turns to much deeper conversation.
Sophia Simmons (writer and performer) takes to the stage to tell her own story. A love affair with all things out of space, and Aliens era Sigourney Weaver, Sophia is both comical and sincere as she tells her story of growing up. Referencing a father she seemingly idolises as her main influence in wanting to be an astronaut, the audience soon learns that Sophia's Dad is perhaps not the idol she makes him out to be, as we hear of a teenaged girl's struggle to live with an alcoholic father who doesn't believe in himself, or her.
Sophia Simmons is excellent on stage. With only a box of props to interact with, she's an engaging storyteller and has you feeling, laughing, and wanting more.
Gravity Guts is showing at Tandanya Arts Cafe for Adelaide Fringe.
Sophia's love affair with space can continue to be explored with her next show, Limit, a State Theatre Umbrella show, at Bakehouse Theatre from Oct 24 - Nov 9 2019.