Professor Victor Merriman – “You can see into the future from here!”
Something is at stake in Irish theatre, and the stakes rose throughout the 20th century,following historical events such as the establishment of the Irish Free State (1922), and the unilateral declaration of a republic
(1949). In 2013, Independent Ireland is indentured to the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, reprising a familiar colonial function as a social, economic, and political
laboratory; this time around for a brutal ‘austerity’ project undermining the Western European social contract. “You can see into the future from here!” considers how theatre testifies to the society into which it plays, and the role of critical practice in enabling the social efficacy of acts of theatre.
Professor Merriman has worked as a teacher, director and dramaturg. He was a member of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council (1993-1998), and chaired the Council’s Review of Theatre in Ireland (1995-1996). He is the author of articles and book chapters on postcolonialism and late 20th century Irish theatre, and edited a special issue of the online journal Kritika Kultura on Radical Theatre and Ireland (2010). His well-received monograph, Because We Are Poor: Irish theatre in the 1990s, was published by Carysfort Press (2011). He is a member of the international Advisory Board of the Asian Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities (University of Ateneo de Manila), a board member of the Liverpool Irish Festival, and a member of Council of the British Association of Irish Studies.
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