Promise and Promiscuity

Promise and Promiscuity

Friday, June 06, 2014

Promise and Promiscuity – Breeches, Bonnets and Balls

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a theatre script…must be in want of an audience – so be sure you make your way to TSB Hub on Friday 11 July to see this Arts on Tour NZ Show ‘Promise and Promiscuity’.

Charmingly accomplished Penny Ashton (Hot Pink Bits, Good Morning, Heartland Kiwi Gold) mashes up the Beethoven, 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, all armed with superior wit, blushing countenance 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.

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......quite frankly, it’s promiscuous.  


“…in the hands of Misses Ashton and Austen, this is an ‘attractive ball’ of a show.” - NZ Herald

“Promise and Promiscuity, as a self-penned poke at Pride and Prejudice, is the perfect vehicle for an actress at the height of her power, for Penny Ashton is a virtuosa of rare skill…..a treat not to be missed.” – Robert Gilbert, Theatreview

“…a textbook example of how to do a great one woman show.”  CBC

“… will please both Janeites and Jane-whos?” Winnipeg Free Press

Friday 11 July, 7.30pm, TSB Hub. Tickets are $25 each and are on sale now from South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor’s Centre or TSB Hub.

About Penny Ashton
Making a splash on the world stage for the past decade, New Zealand’s own global comedienne has sold out shows from Edinburgh to Adelaide, and from Tokoroa to Oamaru.  She has performed by invitation at the Glastonbury Festival, at the World Cup of Theatresports in Germany, represented NZ in a Poetry Slam tour of UK, featured in a New York Poetry Club and won Best Performance by an International Poet at the London Farrago Poetry Awards. Penny recently discovered she is related to Jane Austen’s rumoured flirtation, Thomas Langlois Lefroy. She is his 5th Great Niece!

Winner: Best performance In a Comedy, Auckland Fringe/Patron's Pick, Winnipeg Fringe/Best Female Solo Show, Victoria Fringe (BC), four NZ Female Comedienne nominations, three Adelaide Fringe People's Choice nominations… …

About Arts On Tour New Zealand
AOTNZ organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Interislander and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to audiences so that that small town and country dwellers can enjoy high quality entertainment on their home patch. www.aotnz.co.nz