the regency

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Promise and Promiscuity: Some Delightful Opinions

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The bounteously countenanced populace of Circa Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, give us their opinions on Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a theatre script…must be in want of an audience. Charmingly accomplished Kiwi Penny Ashton (Austen Found, Hot Pink Bits, Good Morning, Poetry Idol) mashes up the Regency, bonnets and big balls…with alacrity! ​Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth Slowtree as she battles literary snobbery, her mother’s nerves and Cousin Horatio's digestions, all armed with a superior wit, excellent ukulele skills and generally being quite bright… you know… for a girl. Balls will be attended, crosses will be stitched and manners will be minded, all with not one ankle in sight. One woman recreates an entire Austenian world through song, dance and appalling cross stitching. As Elizabeth Bennett herself says “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.” And so should you. Featuring classical masterpieces, reworked by Robbie Ellis with lyrics by Penny Ashton, and 33 direct quotes of Jane Austen’s various books and letters. www.hotpink.co.nz for more information and tour dates. “…razor-sharp wit.” 5 Stars, Three Weeks, Edinburgh 2015 “…this is a tour-de-force.” 5 Stars, Edinburgh 49+3, 2015 “…a sparkling performer whose energy bounces off the stage.” 4 Stars, The Scotsman, 2015 “…stays just this side of bonkers…puts the allegro into Austen.” 4 Stars, The Daily Mail, 2015 “I left with a grin on my face, already planning who I would take next to see it. It’s Pride and Prejudice gone wild in the best way.” 5 Stars, Rip It Up, Adelaide February 2015 “A razor-sharp turn of phrase (more Wilde than Austen for its spectacular backhandedness) and an enthusiastic physical performance make this quite literally a laugh a minute.” 4.5 Stars, Adelaide Advertiser, February 2015