"You're on a day out to Derwent Island House on Derwent Water in Cumbria. You got there by Kayak. You're a birdwatcher, ghosthunter or naturist. Taken into the bosom of Nanna 'Edifth' Lavender (literally). You get offered a cup of special tea before being told that there's been a murder in the house. It's the lady of the house. Why? We don't know. Only you can meet the other occupants of the house and follow the clues. Marion Ette is a little girl in the toyroom who is recording her high ranking true crime podcast and collecting evidence. Kirsty Bird is running a disfunctional falconry cafe but is loosing her marbles and her falcons who are now addicted to sugar. Gerta Grunhaus is testing the DNA of everyone and reconnecting with her test tube clones. Then Joy Hope the children's author is plotting to secure herself on the island so she never has to deal with children ever again. Can you work out what is going on before it's too late?"

After a sell out run at Lamb Comedy at the Nowhere Man cafe for the Brighton Fringe in May 2017, The House was with Sweet Venues for the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. The House is a multimedia, audience interactive, character comedy show.

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Hilarious character comedy with a dark edge. Absolutely loved it. Still laughing.
— Ruth Ainsworth - Edinburgh Fringe 2017
A clever, witty show that produced many a belly laugh. Nicely judged humour, shaken with a dark twist, well portrayed characters with extra tidbits for the observant! Well worth checking out.
— Stewert Wallace - Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Narrowly missing a ‘Made In Cumbria’ that was sold-out in this same venue last year, we made sure not to do that on this. Met with mordant, murky, quirky, gothic humour from the same Cumbrian maid, this time playing every cranky character in a Murder Mystery committed within an island mansion marooned in the middle of Derwentwater (an official Brownie & Guides War Cemetery.....) the experience was by turns scary then hilarious, then just plain scary. Production values and video backdrops were satisfyingly creaky but equally-spooky, the acting so bad it became really, really good.
Like a cuddle from ‘Nana’, rapidly-escalating levels of audience-involvement were HMRC-style ‘optional’, and soon quite enough to frighten at least one younger audience member into running away, but integral to the whole surreal experience. Not to be missed for the world.
— Clive Ashman - Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Delightfully dark character comedy that had me grinning gleefully through a 60-minute tour of The House.

An experience that will live long in the memory. Take the opportunity to see Jane in this intimate venue before her inevitable graduation to bigger things. *****
— Brandon Brentford - Edinburgh Fringe 2017
The discovery of the festival so far for me. Interactive character comedy that is clever, distinctive and very very funny. A really polished, professional show that is surely headed for bigger things - catch her at this great small venue while you can! ****
— Edinburgh Local - Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Fantastic use of characters and props from a solo artist! Particularly loved the character Greta (hilarious!) and the audience participation made it really personal.
— Gemma Carlisle - Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Dark humour with Jane playing a multitude of characters in a cosy atmosphere. Came out having thoroughly enjoyed it.
— Martin Bailey - Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Having seen Jane Postlethwaite’s previous show, Made in Cumbria at last year’s Fringe, I was looking forward to seeing which new grotesques she had bought with her to The House. After a short kayaking ride, the audience find themselves at Cumbria Derwent House, a Brownie Burial Ground,where the ghosts don’t want to scare you or hurt you, they only want to do good deeds. The stand out character was Joy Hope, a children’s author, tackling the gap in the market of murder and crime stories for the under 5’s. Although there is nothing deep here (people can see Ibsen or Strindberg at other times) this is a fun way to spend an hour, where the audience are intrinsic to the development of the plot, and we get to spend some time in the company of people we normally wouldn’t.
— Ben Macnair - Edinburgh Fringe 2017