Past Event

Dr. Natalie Lawrence - "Monsters and their Meanings"

Tuesday March 19, 2024
18:00 - 21:00 (GMT Standard Time)
Sunbeam Theatre
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Doors open at 6:00pm, with the talk beginning at 7:00pm

£35 Seated Ticket | Patrons Free Admission, limited availability 

Drinks and light nibbles available

What good are monsters? According to Dr Natalie Lawrence, they can teach us valuable lessons about history, and even our own psyches. If we’re willing to face them head on, that is.  

From ten-thousand-year-old cave paintings to dragons, Medusa, the Minotaur, Frankenstein, and more recently the looming spectre of uncontrollable A.I, monsters have been our constant companions whether we like it or not. So what are these creatures trying to communicate? And how have modern monsters evolved in line with changing fears and beliefs?

Beginning in the ancient world and finishing with future apocalypse fantasies, Natalie will delve deep into the history of some of our culture’s most potent monsters, to demonstrate their fascinating and sometimes unexpected meanings. With reference to Greek myth, pagan folklore, Freudian psychoanalytic theory, and contemporary cinema, she will uncover what these creatures reveal about ourselves and the societies in which they lurk.

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