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Promise and Promiscuity: A new musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton


Flushed by four years of success, from Edinburgh to Toronto to Auckland, comes New Zealander Penny Ashton’s collaboration with Jane Austen (deceased). Join Miss Elspeth as she battles literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions & her mother’s nerves, armed only with a blushing countenance, excellent ukulele skills & being quite bright, you know... for a girl. In this hilarious, one-(freakishly talented)-woman show, Penny tackles all of Austen’s characters with song, dance & appalling cross-stitching.

In this, the year of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, celebrate her life with the 5th great niece of Austen’s own flirtation, Thomas Langlois Lefroy, in an irreverent yet fond reimagining of one of the world’s most beloved authors.

Penny Ashton is NZ’s own global comedienne having performed over 500 solo shows all over the world.  She has represented New Zealand in Theatresports and Performance Poetry and has performed by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival and Jane Austen Festival in Bath.  She is a regular and original panelist on Radio NZ National’s The Panel and is a busy marriage celebrant. She also recently discovered she is related to Jane Austen’s rumoured flirtation, Thomas Langlois Lefroy. She is his 5th Great Niece! (This story is told in Becoming Jane with Anne Hathaway).

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