Austen Found: The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen

Penny Ashton (NZ)

Addicted to Darcy? Lost all Sense and Sensibility? Bonkers for Big Balls? Well put down your cross-stitching and join one of NZ’s most experienced improv troupes, ConArtists, as they swoon, romp, and pianoforte their way through an entirely improvised Austenian Musical. Charming suitors, meddlesome mothers, tight breeches and surprisingly well-educated girls will all paint a vivid picture in song, dance and passionate hand-holding. It’s been ten years since they first covered their ankles, and to celebrate they are reviving their show in the very festival that started the bonnet rolling.

“Jane Austen would turn in her grave with delight!” - Rip It Up, Adelaide “…an engaging entertainment full of fun and frivolity.” - NZ Herald"

Starring Penny Ashton, Lori Dungey, Nigel Burrows, Peter Muller and with Ross Devereux tickling the pianoforte. It’s a jolly good show!

Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton is New Zealand’s own global comedienne who has been making a splash on the world stage since 2002. She has performed over 600 solo shows and has sold out from Edinburgh to Adelaide to Edmonton. She has represented both New Zealand in The World Cup of Theatresports in Germany, and Australasia in a Performance Poetry Slam Tournament Tour of the UK. She has also performed poetry by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival, her solo musical Promise and Promiscuity at The Jane Austen Festival in Bath and has reported from the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. Penny has been a professional improviser for 17 years winning the Improvaganza Masters of the Universe title in Edmonton and was the director and creator of Austen Found: The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen.