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Written by Penny Ashton and Jane Austen
Workshops directed by Ben Crowder
Music Written and Arranged by Robbie Ellis
presented by Penny Ashton

[1hr 10mins (no interval)]

at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs, Auckland
From 27 Feb 2013 to 3 Mar 2013

Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane, Christchurch
From 11 Apr 2014 to 12 Apr 2014

Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland
From 6 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

The Riverbank Centre, Whangarei
6 Jun 2014

The Mussel Inn, Onekaka (near Takaka), Nelson
12 Jun 2014

Playhouse Theatre, Dunedin
From 15 Oct 2014 to 16 Oct 2014

Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin
From 17 Oct 2014 to 18 Oct 2014

BUSKERS BOUTIQUE, Old Boy’s Theatre, Christ’s College, Christchurch
From 15 Jan 2015 to 24 Jan 2015

Reviewed by:  Bronwyn ElsmoreRobert GilbertKathryn van BeekAntony HodgsonTerry MacTavishLindsay Clark;


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 from February 27th… 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 consumption, 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.

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

“…an 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)

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

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen plays:
Feb 27th – March 3rd, 7pm and 6pm on Sunday 3rd.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Venue: TAPAC, Motions Rd, Western Springs
Tickets: Bookings: 09 845 0295, Prices: $25/$20 


Rangi Ruru Girls' School Theatre, Merivale Lane, Christchurch 
11 & 12 April 2014

As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some mates and join us for a great night of laughs from 24 April - 18 May.

For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head to

Dates: 6 May – 10 May, 7pm
Venue: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive
Tickets: $20 - $25
Bookings: 09 970 9700 //
Website: – see here for all 30 dates on Penny's Arts on Tour Tour.  

ARTS ON TOUR NZ – June-July 2014

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


Tuesday 3 June 7.30pm Otamatea
Repertory Theatre
$30 Adult, Student/Gold card $15
Book: and door sales

Wednesday 4 June 7pm Kaikohe
$20 pre-paid, $25 door sales
Book: Passion8 or Hidden Treasures

Thursday 5 June 7.30pm Kerikeri
The Turner Centre
$30 adults; $20 Senior citizens/students (18 and under) Groups 6+
Book: or 09 407 0260

Friday 6 June 7.30pm Whangarei
The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane
$25 Adult
Book: and Whangarei Suit Hire

Saturday 7 June 8pm Onewhero
OSPA Theatre
Hall Rd
$20 Book: River Traders Tuakau

Tuesday 10 June 8pm Karamea
Last Resort
Pre-sales $17 Door sales $20
Book: Karamea Information Resource Centre

Wednesday 11 June 7pm Reefton
Community Theatre
$20 Book: 03 732 8542 

Thursday 12 June 8pm Takaka
The Mussel Inn, Onekaka 
$15 Book:  The Mussel Inn

Friday 13 June 8pm Mapua
The Playhouse Café
Book: Playhouse Café and Everyman records 

Saturday 14 June 7.30pm Hokitika 
Old Lodge Theatre, Revell St
$20 Book: Hokitika Regent Theatre 

Tuesday 17 June 7.30pm Alexandra
The Cellar Door 
Book: The Alexandra Information Centre 

Wednesday 18 June 7.30pm Ranfurly 
Arts Centre, Reade St
$25 Book: Ranfurly Information Centre 

Thursday 19 June 7pm Arrowtown 
Athenaeum Hall 
$20 Book: Lakes District Museum 

Friday 20 June 7.30pm Gore 
The Little Theatre
$25/$20 (Snr/student) plus Booking fee

Saturday 21 June7.30pm Invercargill
SIT Centrestage Theatre, Don St
Book: Ticketdirect or Cue TV

Monday 23 June 7.30pm Stewart Island
Community Centre
$20 Tickets at door

Tuesday 24 June Mosgiel 
Firestation Theatre
$25 book:
Dunedin Goldsmith and Paper Plus Mosgiel 

Wednesday 25 June 7.30pm Geraldine 
The Lodge Theatre, Talbot St
Book: Tresjoli Giftware

Thursday 26 June 8pm Akaroa 
Book: Akaroa Museum or Stacey Naish 03 304 7071 

Saturday 28 June 8pm Upper Hutt 
Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre 
Adult $20; Friends $18
Book: 04 527 2168

Sunday 29 June 7.30pm Hastings 
Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre
$25 Adults; $20 concessions and groups 8+ (Booking fees apply)

Tuesday 1 July 7.30pm Gisborne 
Dome Room
Book:  The Aviary at Poverty Bay Club

Wednesday 2 July 7.30pm Paeroa 
Little Theatre
$20 Book: Arkwrights Antiques 

Thursday 3 July 7pm Tauranga 
Tauranga Art Gallery
$25 General; Friends of the Gallery and Students $20
Book: Tauranga Art Gallery 

Friday 4 July 7.30pm Hamilton 
Playhouse Theatre
 Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
$28; Seniors and unwaged $22; Students $10
Subscription ticket x 3 shows $60
Book;; 0800 TICKETEK; Academy Box office

Saturday 5 July 7pm Whitianga
Town Hall
Book: Whitianga Paper Plus

Wednesday 9 July 7.30pm Coromandel 
Kauaeranga Hall
Book:  Text 021 078 8675 or phone 07 868 9767 

Thursday 10 July 7.30pm Tokoroa 
Tokoroa Little Theatre
Book: Tokoroa Clothing Company 07 886 8488

Friday 11 June 7.30pm Hawera
Book: South Taranaki i-Site Visitor Centre 06 278 8599 

Saturday 12 July 7.30pm New Plymouth 
Theatre Royal,TSB Showplace 
Theatre seat $25; Table seat $30; Table of 8 $200
Book: TSB Showplace Box office; 0800 111 999;

Arts Festival Dunedin 2014

Penny Ashton's stellar performance has been celebrated at Fringe Festivals across Canada and New Zealand. She will perform Promise and Promiscuity at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath just prior to her season in Dunedin.

Playing in some of the Festival's smallest venues in both the city and Port Chalmers, this parlour room piece will be cosy, intimate and in your face! 

Playhouse Theatre, Dunedin
Wed 15 & Thurs 16 October, 8pm

Port Chalmers Town Hall
Fri 17 & Sat 18 October, 8pm

Details & bookings


Charmingly accomplished Cantabrian Penny Ashton (Good Morning, Radio NZ National, Hot Pink Bits) mashes up the Bon Jovi, bonnets and big balls with alacrity. Fresh from sell-out successes across Canada and New Zealand, Penny is delighted to be coming home to Christchurch where she first read Pride and Prejudice in 1987. 

Winner - Best Performance In A Comedy, Auckland Fringe 2013
Winner - Patron's Pick Winnipeg Fringe 2013
Winner - Best Solo Show Female, Victoria Fringe Festival 2013

15-24 Jan 2014, 6.45pm 
BUSKERS BOUTIQUE, Old Boy's Theatre, Christ's College
60 mins 

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