Dickens in Darfield
by Anonymous Author
New Zealand comedian, Penny Ashton, is coming to Darfield with her wildly successful one-woman show, Olive Copperbottom.
The self-professed poet, actor, improviser, wedding celebrant, and all round show-off weaves a sometimes humorous, sometimes macabre tale with a wonderful array of Charles Dickens’ characters.
Olive Copperbottom’s story of growing up as an orphan in Victorian London is intertwined with at least a dozen other characters, all clearly differentiated through changes in voice, mannerisms, and body language.
Ms Ashton describes the show as bringing “a squalid gaggle of hilarious Victorians to crusty life… It’s Oliver meets Blackadder with a saucy feminine twist”.
Malvern Community Arts Council chairman, Philip Baldwin, said audiences around the world have all been captivated by Ms Ashton’s boundless vitality.
“We hope that Malvern residents will take the opportunity to experience this humorous, creative, and entertaining work,” Mr Baldwin said.
Olive Copperbottom has also been critically acclaimed, winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and The Press Critics’ Choice Award, known as the Iron Chicken, at Christchurch’s 2018 World Buskers Festival. Tim Bain, Christchurch World Buskers Festival artistic producer, said that the one-woman show “had a lot to say and was very topical… It is a show that speaks volumes. It is a strong story and a strong woman telling the story”.
Penny Ashton appears as Olive Copperbottom at Trinity Church, Darfield on Wednesday, April 25 at 7.00pm. Adult tickets $20, students $10 are available at the Selwyn Gallery in Darfield or at the door on the night.