Talks on Jane Austen

How did Jane Austen create her wonderfully original characters? And can an actor ever do justice to them on stage or screen?

Angela has taken her dramatic talk, Jane Austen & Character: an Actor’s View, all round England; also to Australia, and to the US. She has given it at literature festivals and at many Austen societies, perhaps the most notable being the Jane Austen Society of North America, the largest group of Austen aficionados in the world.

“A perfect mix of information and entertainment…”

Reviews of this talk can be read below.

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Talks presented with Maggie Lane:

Angela joins forces at frequent intervals with author and Austen authority Maggie Lane. Together they present Maggie’s inspiring Austen lectures. Some titles are:






And a double bill celebrating Mansfield Park:


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Reviews of Jane Austen & Character: An Actor’s View

“A perfect mixture of information and entertainment, setting the tone for the start of our conference.

Jane Austen Society of North America 2010 Annual Conference

“A pleasure to hear Angela’s insightful remarks about Austen’s creation of character.”

Jane Austen Society of Washington DC

“[In Jane Austen & Character: An Actor’s View] Miss Barlow gave us a real insight into Jane Austen’s genius (and her own) and ensured the audience would never read Mrs Elton in the same way again.

The presentation (I could, with justification, call it the performance) ended with an extract from Pride and Prejudice, as Lizzie tells her mother of her engagement to Darcy, a fitting conclusion to a wonderful, lively afternoon!

One minute we were watching the young and healthy Catherine Morland bouncing around, and the next the aged, valetudinarian Mr Woodhouse was before our eyes. Jane Austen characters were leaping off the page: Catherine and Isabella, Mrs Bennet and Miss Bates, Mr Bennet and Mrs Norris appeared with a slight change in posture, a shift in facial expression, a voice rising or falling, nasal or crystal clear. Never has an hour passed so quickly, nor the loss of a sunny afternoon been so little lamented!”

Marilyn Joice, Jane Austen Society, Northern Branch, UK

“Angela Barlow, in her sensitive presentation, examined the challenges and delights an actor has when trying to capture the essence of a Jane Austen character and then taking that character from the pages of the novel to the medium of the stage.

This insightful commentary was interspersed with dramatic examples from a wonderful selection of Jane Austen characters, as Angela illustrated her points by acting out dialogues or speeches from the novels.

One moment she was a timid and grateful Fanny Price, the next she was Mrs Elton in full flight about Maple Grove and the Sucklings. She was as convincing acting Lady Catherine de Bourgh as she was when she played Mrs Bennet. The performance was a delightful mixture of humour and pathos, wit and satire. Angela Barlow is a highly accomplished actress.

I have great pleasure in recommending Jane Austen and Character: An Actor’s View to any group which enjoys the novels of Jane Austen, to literature festivals, to school students and teachers, and to Jane Austen societies around the world.”

 Susannah Fullerton, President, Jane Austen Society of Australia

“During the summer of 2009 Chawton House Library organised a programme of events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s taking up residence in the village of Chawton.

As part of these activities Angela Barlow delivered a wonderful dramatised talk on Jane Austen and Character: An Actor’s View which vibrantly and successfully brought to life many individuals from the novels. An accomplished actor with a wide range of TV, film and theatre credits to her name, Angela explored, most effectively, the subtle ways in which Austen may have worked on her creations.

All in all it made for a terrific evening of entertainment which was enjoyed by a packed house and which I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in Jane Austen.”

 Stephen Lawrence, Chief Executive, Chawton House Library