In January the girls component of AUSTENTATIOUS signed a drawing for me and last month I left this sketch of the boys – Joseph Morpurgo, Andy Hunter Murray and Graham Dickson at the Leicester Square Theatre where this highly impressive troupe perform an improvised show based on a Jane Austen novel each month.
TimeOut among other mainstream publications gave it five stars calling it “one of the smartest and funniest improv shows out there… performing a completely improvised Jane Austen novel complete with period dress and cello accompaniment with marvellous results”.
This sketch came back in the mail yesterday wth a little note from Rachel, one of the girls, indicating that they looked after the fan mail, “We have to organise the boys with things like this.” So thanks to the girls the set is complete.
“One of the most enjoyable 60 minutes on the fringe” is how The Guardian summarises AUSTENTATIOUS – AN IMPROVISED JANE AUSTEN NOVEL, an improvised comedy play, based on nothing more than a title from the audience. It’s ‘eloquent, irreverent and a 100% improvised take on the works of Britain’s best-loved novelists.’ Some titles from previous shows include ‘Mansfield Shark’, ‘Jurassic Mansfield Park’, Sixth Sense and Sensibility’, Darcy & Hutch’ and ‘I know What You Did Last Season.’
For one night only, January 9 to be precise, the seven dashing dames and buxom boys of AUSTENTATIOUS swapped bonnets and breeches and took to the boards of the Leicester Square Theatre in London to perform CROSSTENTATIOUS to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Fund.
The four damsels, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Cariad Lloyd, Charlotte Gittens and Rachel Parris signed this sketch of them in their regular Regency attire. I had no room on the A4 sheet to fit Graham Dickson, Joseph Morpurgo and Andrew Hunter Murray who complete the troupe, but they will all be back in their London ‘home’ at the end of the month and the next month and the following month… in fact they are many happy returners, so I can collect the gentleman’s graphs and catch another show.