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Hot Pink Bits Tours New Zealand

Praise for HOT PINK BITS 2007 and 2008 – Tours of New Zealand, Australia and Canada

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“….this polished and confidently performed show takes an irreverent look at sex that is far from dirty and very, very funny.”-- Dominion Post NZ

“…a sumptuous and carefully selected buffet of juicy material…you'll love this show.” -- Theatreview NZ

“… Ashton is as warm and self-deprecating as she is bold -- and hilariously sexy.” -- 1/2 Winnipeg Sun

“…the writing snaps like a garter belt strap..” -- 1/2 Saskatoon Star Phoenix

“Ashton…is sensational as she struts her stuff, bobbles her boobs and talks dirty… she's a bumping, grinding dynamo on stage who's onto something: Mother Nature is one kinky gal.” Vancouver Courier

“Another chance for an award for this one.”-- Adelaide Advertiser

“This show is hot, horny and hilarious. It is the funniest show this reviewer has seen so far in the Fringe. It will be very hard to top.”-- Adelaide Theatre Guide

Whatever happened to Divine Brown? Can a phone sex operator get RSI? Do people really have sex through a pizza? Ever fantasised about an amputee? Frustrated you can’t look any of this up on your work computer? Then Hot Pink Bits is the show for you.

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That’s right New Zealand’s favourite saucy minx, Penny Ashton is back in Godzone after wowing the masses in the UK, Australia, USA and Canada where she gathered sold-out houses and sparkling reviews for her award-nominated show which trawls the ins and…outs of the international sex industry. It’s crammed full of titillating facts and hour glass figures that will tell you all about the lives of the he’s, she’s, and he-she’s that make a living in the world’s oldest profession.

Resplendent in a hot pink corset and strung up in fishnets, Ashton will sing, dance and pontificate on pornography, prostitutes and Lockwood Smith in a burlesque-esque romp through the kickers of the global sex trade. There’ll be a group orgasm, a guest porn-star and a very sexy stripper. Kicks will be high, fetishes will be indulged and Nana will need a lie down. But of course it will all be done…in the best POSSIBLE taste.

Penny Ashton is New Zealand’s own global comedienne who has been making a splash on the world stage since 2002 and she has sold out shows from Edinburgh to Adelaide to Edmonton. She has five Best NZ Female Comedienne nominations, three Adelaide Fringe People’s Choice nominations and one Honourable Mention from The Wellington Fringe Festival Awards. One day she hopes to win something.

Hot Pink Bits Accolades:
Totally Sold-Out Run Wellington Fringe 2007 and Best Comedy Nomination/ Highest Selling Show World Busker’s Festival 2007 / Best of Fest Winnipeg 2007 / 2nd Highest Grossing Show Saskatoon Fringe 2007 / Totally Sold Out Edmonton Run 2007/ Totally Sold Out Hamilton, Gore, Wanaka and Taranaki Tours 2009

“…brilliant…” Otago Daily Times March 09

“A sure sign a comedian is good is when you’re hitting yourself uncontrollably in an attempt to shift the gut-cramp…” Southland Express 2009

Seriously People, It’s not Crap!

Ashton has performed all over New Zealand and in Canada, USA, Singapore, London, Australia, Germany and Scotland. In 2006, Penny represented New Zealand in The World Cup of Theatresports in Germany and Australasia in a Performance Poetry Slam Tournament Tour of the UK. In 2003 she was victorious in Edmonton’s Masters of the Universe Improvaganza with her NZ team. She has performed Hot Pink Bits over 130 times at 13 Festivals and will tour throughout NZ in 2009 and 2010. She’ll be a bit knackered by the end.

Penny is a regular Panellist and book reviewer on Radio New Zealand National and is a cast member of the new TV3 current affairs show 7 Days. She has a wealth of media experience and this coupled with her improvisation skills means she is a very entertaining in studio guest. More of her global exploits and achievements can be read at http://http://www.hotpink.co.nz and htpp://www.myspace.com/hotpinkpennyashton.

Hastings Blossom Festival – Hawke’s Bay Opera House, 8pm, September 12th, Bookings 0800 4 TICKET, www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Wanganui Repertory Theatre – 2nd – 3rd October. Ridgway St, 8pm. Tickets available from Royal Wanganui Opera House, 06 3490511
Centepoint Theatre – Palmerston North – 15th – 17th October, 8pm. Bookings 06 354 5740, www.centrepoint.co.nz
Meteor Theatre – Hamilton – 21st November, 1 Victoria St, Bookings Ticket Direct 0800 224 224 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Nelson Playhouse – November 27th, 171 Westdale Rd, off Coast Highway 60. 8pm. Book: 03 540 2985, www.playhousecafe.co.nz
Bats Theatre – Wellington – Decmber 1st – 12th 1 Kent Tce, Bookings 04 8024175 www.bats.co.nz


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