New Zealand comedienne Penny Ashton brings breeches,
bonnets and balls to Arrowtown on June 19 in the Jane
Austen inspired comedy Promise and Promiscuity. Photo
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in
possession of a theatre script must be in want of an audience.
Penny Ashton (Hot Pink Bits, Good Morning, Heartland Kiwi
Gold) mashes up Beethoven, bonnets and big balls to
present her one-woman show Promise and Promiscuity in
Arrowtown this month.
Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth Slowtree as she battles
literary snobbery, her mother's nerves and cousin Horatio,
all armed with superior wit, blushing countenance and
generally being quite bright.
Balls will be attended, crosses will be stitched and manners
will be minded, all with not one ankle in sight.
Miss Ashton has stolen Miss Austen's best lines to bring this
musical to life with an authentic twist.
As Elizabeth Bennett herself says: ''Follies and nonsense,
whims and inconsistencies divert me, I own, and I laugh at
them whenever I can.''
Featuring classical music reworked by Robbie Ellis and lyrics
by Ashton, Promise and Promiscuity delivers Penny
Ashton unchaperoned to the provinces.
• She performs at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, on June 19.
The Arts on Tour New Zealand-presented show starts at 7pm.
Tickets cost $20.