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Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen


Wed 27 Feb 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Thu 28 Feb 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Fri 1 Mar 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Sat 2 Mar 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Sun 3 Mar 2013, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: TAPAC , 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $25.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: 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 Penny Ashton (Austen Found, Hot Pink Bits, Good Morning, Poetry Idol) mashes up the Regency, bonnets and big balls...with alacrity! 

Fresh from the sell-out success of Austen Found: The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen, Ashton has decided to do what no Regency woman should... go out alone and completely unchaperoned; quite frankly it’s scandalous.

Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth Slowtree as she battles literary snobbery, her mother’s nerves and Cousin Horatio, all armed with a 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. 

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.

The music is supplied by Beethoven, Delibes, Strauss and Greensleeves! Originals written by, and all music arranged by Robbie Ellis.

Jane Austen would turn in her grave… with delight.” - Rip it Up Adelaide, Austen Found

“ engaging entertainment full of fun and frivolity.” - NZ Herald, Austen Found 

“...a rollercoaster barrage of thrilling words which ooze brilliant talent and creativity.” - Taranaki Daily News, Hot Pink with Penny Ashton

“...vivacious...highly entertaining...sheer charm and energy...” - The Scotsman, Hot Pink

Penny Ashton is New Zealand’s own global comedienne who has been making a splash on the world stage since 2002 and she has sold out shows from Edinburgh to Adelaide to Tokoroa. She has four Best NZ Female Comedienne nominations, three Adelaide Fringe People’s Choice nominations and won best performance by an International Poet at the London Farrago Awards. Penny has represented New Zealand in The World Cup of Theatresports in Germany and Australasia in a Performance Poetry Slam Tournament Tour of the UK. In 2010 she performed by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival and reported from the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

A video promo for Austen Found:

Penny Ashton is especially excited to be presenting the show one month after the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice on January 28th, 1813.

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