Conversations of Regret

Conversations of Regret

A Day of Failure Celebration

Talking about Things that Make You Cringe.

Friday the 13th is known as black Friday, a day where horrors abound and the weird and uncanny reign.

The 13th of October is International Day of Failure, a day put aside to celebrate our failures and the subsequent lessons learnt and resilience discovered.

This year the International Day of Failure happens to lie on Friday the 13th of October. What better way, on such a date, to examine failure than to look at two famous horror novels – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – which both revolve around a failed experiment.

What do Victor Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll have in common? Both are men of science who stuffed up. Victor Frankenstein cobbled together and gave life to a creature, only to find that it was morally and physically grotesque. Dr Jekyll’s dabblings in potions didn’t turn out he way he intended. The novels in which these characters debuted describes the horror of Victor Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll at the consequences of their experiments and charts their ghastly downfalls.

Richard Mansfield actor Henry Van der Weyde photographer 1895
Richard Mansfield as Jekyll and Hyde. Image by Henry Van der Weyde, c. 1985

Join me for a discussion of two classic works of literature, commiserate with poor old Victor and Dr Jekyll, and speculate as to what you would have done with Frankenstein’s creature or Mr Hyde. Using the famous creations of Mary Shelley and Robert Louis Stevenson, Conversations of Regret unpack what it means to fail – and fail big – in a way that is empathetic, imaginative, and fun.

You don’t have to have read the novels to take part, just bring a sense of curiosity and some imagination. There will be snacks.

  • Cost: Free
  • Date: Friday 13 October 2017
  • Time: 2.30-4.30pm
  • Venue: Hayden Raysmith Room, Level 4, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
  • Bookings: Essential (spaces are limited)

Bookings can be made here on Eventbrite.

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