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Professor Merriman is Director of Research in the Department of Performing Arts, and leads the Performance and Civic Futures research group. He holds degrees from the National University of Ireland, the University of Southampton , and Staffordshire University.

Professor Merriman is the author of articles and book chapters on post-colonialism and late twentieth-century Irish theatre, and contributing editor of two Special Issues of the online journal Kritika Kultura: Radical Theatre and Ireland and Performance and Domination.

He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Press, and the International Advisory Board of Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities Asia, a board member of the Liverpool Irish Festival, and a member of National Council of the British Association of Irish Studies.

Edge Hill at Liverpool Irish Festival

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Edge Hill University’s Professor Victor Merriman has teamed up with Liverpool Irish Festival to deliver a two events as part of the popular festival.

Friday 24 October 2014, book launch: Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien, From prosperity to austerity: A socio-cultural critique of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath

This new collection of commissioned essays examines both the Irish economic phenomenon known as the Celtic Tiger, and the financial devastation which continues in its wake. It focuses on how these financial developments have been reflected in writing, film and culture in order to offer a more rounded analysis of the effects of this momentous period on people’s lives. The editors have assembled authoritative contributions by internationally acknowledged experts in fields as diverse as religion, literature, popular culture, photography, music, film, theatre, gastronomy, gender, immigration. This collection enriches understandings of its subject which, up until now, has been seen almost exclusively as a matter for economic discourse. Edge Hill’s Professor Victor Merriman contributed a chapter entitled, ‘Holes in the Ground’: theatre as critic and conscience of Celtic Tiger Ireland. Copies of the book will be available at special discounted prices, as follows:

The launch takes place at 6.45 for 7.00, and the guest speaker is Professor Shaun Richards, Professorial Research Fellow in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. Professor Richards was a founding member of the British Association of Irish Studies, and is co-author of the seminal text, Writing Ireland: Nationalism, Colonialism and Literature he is co-author of Mapping Irish Theatre: theories of Space and Place.

Commemorating World War I
Silencing Shaw: Censorship, Theatre and World War I

Edge Hill University returns to the Lantern Theatre Liverpool, and the Liverpool Irish Festival. Professor Victor Merriman’s stagings of rehearsed readings of The Star Turns Red and Red Roses for Me by Sean O’Casey, were a considerable success in 2013.

On Friday 24 October, Edge Hill University presents a unique evening of reflection on World War I, focused on Professor Merriman’s staging of Bernard Shaw’s O’Flaherty VC (1915). The one act play’s scheduled Abbey Theatre, Dublin premiere was cancelled, following representations from British Army authorities. The theatre withdrew the play, in light of anxieties that Private O’Flaherty’s view that ‘no war is right’ might hamper efforts to recruit to Irish regiments, and even provoke riots in the streets of Dublin. The script was performed by members of the Royal Flying Corps in Flanders (1917), and had its theatrical premiere in New York, on 21June 1920.

Silencing Shaw: Censorship, Theatre and World War I, is introduced by Dr Lauren Arrington, author of ‘The Censorship of O’Flaherty VC’. The play reading follows, and convivial post-show conversation will be led by Dr Terry Phillips, Liverpool Hope University.

All are welcome to the book launch and wine reception, and tickets for the lecture, play reading and discussion are available here for £5.00.

Monday 27 October – Irish Film Shorts, FACT, Liverpool

Edge Hill University’s Professor Roger Shannon has worked together with the Indie Cork Film Festival to screen, select and curate a number of Irish shorts and animation which will be shown as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Mick Hannigan, Director of the Indie Cork Film Festival, will introduce the screenings. Find out more here.

The Liverpool Irish Festival takes place from 23rd October until 2nd November in venues throughout LIverpool. Find out more here.

Silencing Shaw: Censorship, Theatre and World War I

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Professor Victor Merriman will lead an event on censorship, theatre and World War I as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival later this month.

The event, Silencing Shaw: Censorship, Theatre and World War I, will launch the new book edited by Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien: From Prosperity to Austerity: a socio-cultural critique of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath. The event will also feature a rehearsed reading of Bernard Shaw’s O’Flaherty VC by Professor Merriman and a lecture by Dr Lauren Arrington from the Institute of Irish Studies.

The Liverpool Irish Festival takes place in Liverpool between 23rd October and 2rd November in a number of venues throughout the city to celebrate the culture and history linking Liverpool and Ireland.

Professor Merriman is Director of Research in the Department of Performing Arts, and leads the Performance and Civic Futures research group.

Find out more about the event here.

Silencing Shaw: Censorship, Theatre and World War I
24th October 7pm, Lantern Theatre, 57 Blundell Street, Liverpool, L10AJ

Book Launch: Free admission Lecture and Play Reading tickets: £5

7.00pm: Launch, Eamon Maher & Eugene O’Brien (eds.) From Prosperity to Austerity: a socio-cultural critique of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath (2014). Guest: Professor Shaun Richards, St Mary’s University, Twickenham; co- author, Mapping Irish Theatre: Theories of Space and Place (2013).
7.30pm: Lecture: Dr. Lauren Arrington, Institute of Irish Studies.
8.00pm: Professor Victor Merriman delivers rehearsed reading of Bernard Shaw’s O’Flaherty VC.

‘What is the Stars?’ – Juno and the Paycock

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Professor Victor Merriman, Director of Research in the Department of Performing Arts, and Director of the Performance and Civic Futures research group, will lead a pre-show talk prior to the Liverpool Everyman Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock.

Juno and the Paycock, written by Sean O’Casey, is a classic Irish drama set in Dublin tenements during the Irish Civil War, featuring a mixture of comedy and political upheavals. The production, directed by Gemma Bodinetz, has received rave reviews from publications including the Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent, The Times, and The Telegraph.

Professor Merriman’s pre-show talk, entitled “What is the Stars?”, will explore Juno and the Paycock and the way we live today prior to the performance from 5pm-6pm.

Pre-show Talk 
“What is the Stars?
Edge Hill University’s Victor Merriman explores Juno and the Paycock and the way we live today

Tue 14 Oct, 5 – 6pm 
£3 with a theatre ticket
Buy tickets here.