Penny Ashton will be skipping into town with two fun-filled shows. Photo: Supplied.

Penny promising parade of fun


The Nelson Arts Festival was the first-ever regional festival Penny Ashton performed at, way back in 2003.

“I have performed there so many times since and always had a blast because the audiences are an absolute delight.”

So it seems only natural that she would want to come back. On June 22 and 23, Penny is bringing her much loved musical Promise and Promiscuity along with her new children’s show Captain Pinky’s Toddler Pirate Boogie.

“Captain Pinky also first set sail in Nelson, so she’s looking forward to bringing back some more barnacled, boogying good time tunes,” Penny says.

“Basically, as a comedy actress and marriage celebrant, my professional life is all about love and laughter, and I’m looking forward to spreading myself about in sunny Nelson doing the same.”

Promise and Promiscuity has been performed for six years from Edinburgh to Winnipeg and now again is returning Nelson.

Penny has collaborated with Jane Austen to tell the tale of Miss Elspeth’s literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions and her mother’s nerves. Miss Elspeth is poised to tackle these issues armed only with a blushing countenance and excellent ukulele skills.

Captain Pinky’s Toddler Pirate Boogie takes Kiwi favourites, retro smashes and pirate shanties all combined for a treasure chest of solid gold hits to make you and your toddler shimmy yer timbers.

Dress ups are encouraged, and the show is recommended for children under six years. Sailors under six months free.

Promise and Promiscuity is on at the Theatre Royal on June 22 at 7.30pm and Captain Pinky’s Toddler Pirate Boogie is on June 23 at 10.30am at the Nelson Musical Theatre.