A New Musical By Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

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, excellent ukulele skills and generally being quite bright… you know… for a girl. Balls will be attended, cheeks will be pinched and manners will be minded, all with not one ankle in sight.

One Kiwi woman, directly related to Jane Austen’s own flirtation, Thomas Langlois Lefroy, brings Austen’s Regency characters to life with song, dance and appalling cross-stitching.

Penny Ashton is New Zealand’s own global comedienne who has been making a splash on the world stage since 2002.  She has sold out shows worldwide and has represented 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 by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival, has reported from the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas and is a favourite on TV and Radio in New Zealand.

After the Show - Meet Penny at the White Swan after the show for bubbles, dessert and general merriment.

Why not try out the stunning White Swan special Kokomai Menu

What the reviewers said:

“…a delight to behold.”  ..... CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (CBC) 2013/2014

Somewhere Jane is smiling.” ..... EDMONTON SUN 2014

“…Pride and Prejudice gone wild in the best way.” ...... RIP IT UP, ADELAIDE 2015

"…A razor-sharp turn of phrase and an enthusiastic physical performance...” ...... ADELAIDE ADVERTISER 2015


  • Best Performance in Comedy, Auckland Fringe 2013
  • Patron’s Pick and Outstanding Out of Town Production (CBC), Winnipeg Fringe 2013
  • Best Female Solo Show, Victoria Fringe, Canada
  • Most Outstanding Visiting Production, Dunedin Theatre Awards, 2014
  • Weekly Theatre Award, Week Three, Adelaide Fringe 2015
  • NOMINATED: Best Comedy – Auckland Fringe 2013. Best Musical – Perth Fringe 2015