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Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

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A Regency romance pop-culture musical mash-up full of double entendres and cheeky fun, Promise and Promiscuity will please both Janeites and Jane-whos?.

New Zealand actor/writer/comedien Penny Ashton writes and stars in this one-woman show and wraps the audience around her finger with a sly wink of her eye. Promise and Promiscuity is the story of Elspeth Slowtree, an intelligent woman who dreams of marrying a man who doesn’t want a wife with the intellect of a cabbage. Along the way we meet Elspeth’s dotty mother and spirited sister, along with suitors, awful society women, and a lucky audience member who gets to join in on the fun. An irreverently modern take on 19th-century gender roles, Elvis Presley as poetry and the wonder of balls, Promise and Promiscuity is a lark.

— Barb Stewart

From the Fringe program:

Charmingly accomplished Kiwi Penny Ashton (Hot Pink Bits) mashes up Bon Jovi, bonnets, and big balls. Join Elspeth Slowtree as she battles literary snobbery and her mother's nerves, armed with a blushing countenance and being quite bright…for a girl. Crosses will be stitched and manners minded, without an ankle in sight.

Winner Best Performance in a Comedy, Auckland Fringe 2013

"…an "attractive ball" of a show." - NZ Herald

"Jane Austen would turn in her grave…with delight" - Rip It Up Adelaide

Director: Ben Crowder

Cast: Penny Ashton

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Seniors, Equity, Unemployed

Warnings: None

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