North & South - - Letters -

Hav­ing ripped the bodices off Jane Austen stereo­types in her one-woman show Prom­ises and Promis­cu­ity, Penny Ash­ton re­vis­its her love of corseted pe­riod com­edy with Olive Cop­per­bot­tom: A Tale of Love, Gin and the Pox ( na­tion­wide, un­til May 12). This rol­lick­ing mu­si­cal jour­ney through 15 gin-soaked char­ac­ters (“Oliver! meets Black­ad­der with a saucy fem­i­nine twist”) is brought to Aotearoa’s smaller cen­tres by Arts on Tour.

Penny Ash­ton

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