Wednesday 17 September 2014

Lise Rodgers plays Jane Austen

Jane Austen is regarded as one of the most popular and adored authors of the 19th century. She was also a prolific letter writer, offering a modern reader a wonderful insight into her everyday life and the world in which she lived.

The Library at both the Ridgeway and Plenty Campus recently hosted fun and engaging Jane Austen literary events performed by Lise Rodgers. Lise is an accomplished Melbourne actress whose career has spanned stage, screen and radio. An interest in the world and characters of Jane Austen is the inspiration behind her repertoire of ‘Jane Austen by Lise Rodgers’ performances.

The Ridgeway performance focused on ‘Getting Dressed with Jane’ according to the Regency fashions and Jane’s letters. The informal performance used beautiful costumes to demonstrate the reason why clothing changed so radically during Jane’s lifetime.

The Plenty performance focused on the writing and publishing of Pride and Prejudice through Jane’s letters to her sister, Cassandra which are wonderfully chatty and provide much insight into the period in which she lived and her own everyday life, tastes and opinions. Of balls and assemblies, dancing and suppers, fashion and flirtations and of handsome young men, Jane wrote about a world she knew and of which she was a keen observer.

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