"Sophia possesses a unique voice in theatre writing in this country"
Sophia Simmons is an actor and playwright originally from Adelaide, Australia. Her work explores intimate questions about the human condition through the lens of science fiction and futurism. Dealing with the macro and the micro, Sophia is driven by curiosity and love of science – bringing big concepts to the theatre while also investigating the small moments that make us human.
Her first major work Gravity Guts tells the story of a young girl wanting to be an astronaut while struggling with her father’s alcohol addiction. Part autobiography, part love letter to Sigourney Weaver, the work is playful, raw and fractalizing.
Her second breakthrough work, Limit, explores the journey of two people going to Mars to colonise the planet as part of a reality TV show. The work examines the relationship between the couple as it crumbles under the intense pressure and increasing distance from Earth, and asks the question: Are we ready for that next journey?
Her most recent play Only Human, a commission for Adelaide youth theatre company SAY Arts, will premiere at the Adelaide Fringe next year. An absurdist romp into a near future where an artificial intelligent revolution is already upon us, it explores love in a time of automation and questions what really makes us human.
An experienced deviser, dramaturg and collaborative theatre maker, Sophia has worked as a performer in several devised and roving performances such as The Hope Project, Loud Compliments and Freefall.