Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

The American Nightmare

American Nightmare 26th November 2014Wednesday 26th November 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

‘Heroic Failure in the drama of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller’ with English Tutor John Hubbard

Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller are arguably the greatest American playwrights of all time, and in this presentation John Hubbard shares his passion and enthusiasm for their work, and explores the themes and characters that have made their plays so popular with audiences worldwide.

The longevity of interest in Miller’s and Williams’ plays is testimony to their ability to seek out the most interesting themes from American life and to find the best dramatic means of presenting them. Focusing on Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, John Hubbard will suggest they used the elusiveness of idealised personal success to depict a deeper and more complex humanity than that allowed for in the 'American Dream', and that the fatally flawed nature of many of their characters, as measured against American aspirational culture, makes them rounded tragic figures with whom we can fully sympathise.

John has taught English and Drama at Bournemouth grammar schools over the last twenty-five years, and been a course tutor for the U3A.

Join us for a highly enjoyable evening for devotees of these playwrights, as well as a great introduction for those coming to them for the first time

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

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