Improvised comedy Austentatious at South Bank this week

By Rachel Bishop on June 28, 2014 12:00 PM |

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Following two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel comes to the Udderbelly this Friday.

The show is set in the inimitable style of Jane Austen, but the play's title and story is based purely on audience suggestions - with previous titles including Pride and Predator and Strictly Come Darcy.

The cast of six are all friends, and includes Andrew Murray, who alongside working on the show, writes for QI and Private Eye.

Andrew said: "You don't really have to have read any Jane Austen, or even seen a TV adaptation of something like Pride and Prejudice to enjoy the performance. The aim is to entertain people.

"Thankfully it's rare to freeze on stage, but luckily we all like performing together and like each other a lot which helps.

"If you feel like you are in a safe pair of hands you feel you can rely on the rest of the cast if you suddenly run out of things to say. It's really like an exaggerated version of hanging out together, just in front of a few hundred people."

July 4, 9pm, £12.50, Udderbelly, South Bank, underbelly.co.uk.

Review: Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

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We are introduced to Austentatious with a heavy thud, thud of music from an accompanying tent - a World Cup celebration we are quickly told.

Although this was a little annoying it didn't faze the performers and they were straight in with jokes about it.

The title chosen for this performance was Mammalicious, which they quickly decided was about a love story set around a bakery.

The cast is incredibly sharp, with everyone adding their own style to the performance. Any slip-ups made were easily rectified and just added to the humour.

The performance was exactly what you'd want from an improvised comedy with touches of complete chaos brought to an hilarious edge-of-your-seat tale.

★★★★✩