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Promise And Promiscuity – A New Musical By Jane Austen And Penny Ashton (Penash Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Promise and Promiscuity

I wish I had half as much energy as Penny Ashton! In seventy minutes the multi-talented Kiwi delivers a hilarious take on Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, full of modern-day twists. I lost count of the number of characters she performs, with each so skilfully and humorously defined. Following Elspeth Slowtree’s family and love life, ‘Promise and Promiscuity’ is full of razor-sharp wit alongside song, dance, and a little bit of ukulele. Craftily placed Austen quotes are woven in with current celebrity and musical references (William Joel’s Pianoforte Man was one of my favourites). Austen fans will already know the story, but those who don’t frankly needn’t bother with the original after seeing this show.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Daisy Malt]