Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel. Copyright: BBC.

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Improv starring Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson, Charlotte Gittins and Austentatious performed on the following days in August 2015...

Special cross-dressing charity performance "Crosstentatious" to be held on 17th August at 23.00 for Waverley Care.

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Austentatious returns to the Fringe in resplendent fashion! In each show, the all-star cast will improvise a brand new Jane Austen work before your eyes, based on audience suggestions. Previous shows have included Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark. Prepare to get your bonnet in a twist: this hilarious show is not to be missed! Chortle Award winners 2014. Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show 2014. 'A potboiler of a parody, joyously performed' ***** (Times). 'One of the most enjoyable 60 minutes on the Fringe' **** (Guardian). 'Supersmart and terrifically funny' (Scotsman).

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After three previous total sell-out Edinburgh Festival runs, award-winning improvised comedy show Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel returns to the Fringe for the fourth time, now in the home of the Udderbelly Cow.

With 2015 marking the 200th anniversary of the novel Emma, there can be no better way to celebrate than with a comedy play spun in the inimitable style of Jane Austen. The show hinges on a deceptively simple idea: audiences are asked to place imaginary titles for a Jane Austen novel into a hat. One is selected at random and immediately turned into an improvised show. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, Austentatious is an immersive and hilarious treat for fans of Austen and improvised comedy alike.

Rather than the familiar roster of impro games and scenes, Austentatious presents an ambitious story with all the trappings of Austen's best work: rounded characters, delicate plotting, and real drama. Whether it's 'Sixth Sense & Sensibility', 'Mansfield Shark' or 'Double 0 Darcy', no two shows are ever the same.

Following a 20+ date tour of the UK, shows at the Udderbelly South Bank, appearances on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Extra, a sell-out residency at London's Leicester Square Theatre and a Chortle Award for Best Character, Improv or Sketch Group in 2014, Austentatious are thrilled to be coming back to the Fringe.

Cast includes: Cariad Lloyd (Best Newcomer Nominee, BBC Three's Crims, Inside No. 9, Toast of London), Rachel Parris (Chortle Award Nominee, The IT Crowd, Thronecast), Joseph Morpurgo (Odessa, Harry & Paul's Story of the Twos), Amy Cooke-Hodgson (Alan Carr's Specstacular, Olivier Award winning []La Boheme[/i], Howard Goodall's Girlfriends), Andrew Hunter Murray (No Such Thing As A Fish, Folie à Deux), Graham Dickson (The Messiah, Scooter Thomas, The Pride, Below The Belt) and Charlotte Gittins (Folie à Deux, Grand Theft Impro).


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