Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel Showing at Underbelly

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel is performing at the Underbelly Festival in Southbank on 10th July 2017. The show is an entirely improvised comedy play in the style of the classic fiction Jane Austen.

In Austentatious, the cast creates a hilarious new masterpiece based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Some of their past works include ‘Bath to the Future’, ‘Sixth Sense & Sensibility’, and ‘Strictly Come Darcy’. They also perform each show in full Regency costume and with live music accompaniment. No two shows are the same, and audience need not be familiar with Jane Austen either. This makes the show perfect for anyone who’s looking for a good laugh.

About the Austentatious cast

Comprising the improv group are Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Andrew Hunter Murray, Cariad Lloyd, Charlotte Gittins, Daniel Nils Roberts, Graham Dickson, Joseph Morpurgo, and Rachel Parris. Occasionally, their shows feature guest actors. However, there is no announcement of any guest actor for their show at Underbelly Festival.

Cast of Austentatious. Photo courtesy of @AustenImpro on Twitter.
The cast of Austentatious. Photo courtesy of @AustenImpro on Twitter.

Amy Cooke-Hodgson has played in numerous venues across the UK in various roles. Some of her recent theatre credits include Jubilee as the Queen, La Bohème as the barmaid, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! as Betty.

When Andrew Hunter Murray is not in Regal costume, he writes for BBC Two’s QI and for Private Eye magazine. He also co-stars in BBC Two’s No Such Thing As The News and the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish.

Cariad Lloyd made her debut as a stage actress in her first solo show, Lady Cariad’s Characters. It then received a nomination for Best Newcomer at Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Subsequently, she performed her second solo show, The Freewheelin’ Cariad Lloyd, to critical acclaim.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Gittins is a seasoned improviser who has become part of various improv groups namely Folie à DeuxGrand Theft ImproJCB, and Monkey Toast. In the recent months, she has performed and taught at major festivals around Europe including Austria, Italy, and Holland.