Following on from her hugely successful Promise and Promiscuity tour with Arts On Tour in 2014, Penny Ashton swaps Jane Austen for Charles Dickens and brings orphaned hero Olive and a squalid gaggle of hilarious Victorians, to crusty life.
A rollicking romantic musical journey through fifteen gin-soaked characters told with song, dance and questionable personal hygiene. It’s Oliver! meets Blackadder with a saucy feminine twist.
Ashton’s “…tour-de-force…” (Theatreview) won the Press Critic’s ‘Iron Chicken award for best indoor show at the Christchurch International Buskers’ Festival this year and Best Overall Show at the Victoria Fringe in Canada 2017.
“…very very good…very very funny” Radio NZ National 2017
“…a one-woman show wonder.” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2017
“It sparkles with intelligence, wit and verve.” The Christchurch Press 2018
Penny Ashton is NZ’s own global comedienne having performed over 600 solo shows all over the world. She has represented New Zealand in Theatresports and Performance Poetry and in 2017 performed 88 shows in 22 towns in 5 countries. She is a regular and original panellist on Radio NZ National’s ‘The Panel’, is a social commentator on Breakfast TV and Newstalk, and is a busy marriage celebrant and jazz hand enthusiast. This tour is Penny’s fourth for Arts on Tour over eight years and the biggest yet. She cannot wait to travel through beautiful Aotearoa in the Trusty Arts on Tour van.