"PRIDE AND PREJUDICE GONE WILD IN THE BEST WAY” Rip it Up, Adelaide
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 and her mother’s nerves, armed only with a blushing countenance, excellent ukulele skills and 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 and appalling cross-stitching.
In this, the year of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, celebrate her life with the fifth 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.
“…you’ll be delighted whether or not you know your Bennets from your Dashwoods.” 5 Stars Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2014
“…Razor-sharp wit.” 5 Stars Three Weeks, Edinburgh 2015
“…a sparkling performer..” 4 Stars The Scotsman 2015
WINNER: BEST PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, AUCKLAND FRINGE / PATRON’S PICK, WINNIPEG FRINGE / BEST THEATRE WEEK THREE, ADELAIDE FRINGE
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).
Oct 16 - WINCHESTER - Theatre Royal, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk, 01962 840 440
Oct 18 - FAREHAM - Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Rd, ashcroft.org.uk, 01329 2231100
Oct 20 - NEW MILTON - Forest Arts Centre, forest-arts.co.uk, 01425 612393