SunLive Competition

A rollicking one-woman musical journey that’ll have you joyfully crying out: “What the Dickens?” will open a new show series this month.

Baycourt Presents, in association with Arts on Tour NZ, is proudly presenting Olive Copperbottom: A Dickensian Tale of Love, Gin and the Pox at 16th Ave Theatre on Saturday, 31 March.

Following on from her globally successful Promise and Promiscuity tour in 2014, award-winning comedian, writer and social commenter Penny Ashton swaps Jane Austen for Charles Dickens in her new show, which brings orphaned hero Olive and a squalid gaggle of hilarious and gin-soaked Victorian characters to crusty life.

“Get ready to throw any Victorian sensibilities you have out the window,” says Baycourt manager Megan Peacock Coyle, “because Olive Copperbottom is as saucy as it is bloody hysterical.

“Penny performed a snippet of Olive Copperbottom at the PANNZ Arts Market earlier this month, and she had everyone in the room in absolute fits of laughter. We’re so pleased to be bringing Penny to Tauranga to share her talent with the community.”

Olive Copperbottom won the Press Critic’s ‘Iron Chicken’ award for best indoor show at the Christchurch International Buskers’ Festival earlier this year and ‘Best Overall Show’ at the Victoria Fringe in Canada 2017.

Ashton is New Zealand’s own global comedienne, having performed over 600 solo shows all over the world. She has represented New Zealand in Theatresports and Performance Poetry, and in 2017 performed 88 shows in 22 towns in five countries.

Ashton is a regular and original panellist on Radio NZ’s ‘The Panel’, a social commentator on Breakfast TV and Newstalk and a busy marriage celebrant and jazz hand enthusiast.

Baycourt Presents Olive Copperbottom: A Dickensian Tale of Love, Gin and the Pox is at 16th Ave Theatre on Saturday, 31 March, at 4pm.

Tickets cost $24.50 for adults, $15 for under-18s, $22 for seniors (65-plus), and $20 for Friends of Baycourt $20.00.

They’re available online at:, by phone on: 0800 TICKETEK or over the Baycourt Box Office counter. Booking fees apply.

The Weekend Sun has two double passes for Olive Copperbottom for two lucky readers.

Competition Results

Congratulatins to Amanda Sloan and Pam Pattle who have both won double passes.