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Olive Copperbottom: A New Musical by Charles Dickens and Penny Ashton

 

Review


Dickens gets a co-writer credit in this new and very funny one-woman musical-comedy by New Zealand’s Penny Ashton. The London of Oliver Twist and David Copperfield lives in all its gutter glory: scabies, prostitutes, opium, crippled orphans, the pox, gin-soaked pubs and a life expectancy of 35 years. Ashton—with accents from nasal cockney to fussy posh—fearlessly sings and dances as 15 different characters. She’s mostly successful, although it can be challenging to follow five different characters in a scene. But her mix of high and lowbrow commentary—riffs on income inequality and modern-day politics mix with winking puns about a character named Dick and the local pub called the “Cock and Swallow”—is smart and hilarious, even if you’re sometimes guessing what character she’s playing. For fans of Dickens and nimble musical theatre, Olive Copperbottom is no thin gruel. Review by Josh Marcellin.
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4/ 5


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  • 9:45 pm - 2017/08/17
  • 10:30 pm - 2017/08/18
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Posted 2017/08/18 by


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2 Reviews


  1.  
    Caroline

    Solid and very funny!




  2.  
    Kendall

    I had the pleasure of seeing Olive Copperbottom at the Winnipeg Fringe festival and it was the highlight of our two day binge of theatre. Clever and funny. Highly recommend.





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