Writers @ Write by the Sea

Victor Merriman

Victor Merriman

Victor Merriman is Professor of Critical Performance Studies at Edge Hill University. He is Director of the Performance and Civic Futures Research Group (2013-), and a founder member of One Hour Theatre Company (2016-), and a member of Liverpool Irish Literary Theatre. He is the author of two books on theatre, culture, society and the state: Because We Are Poor: Irish Theatre in the 1990s (Carysfort Press, 2011), and Austerity and the Public Role of Drama: Performing Lives-in-Common (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He was appointed a member of An Chomhairle Ealaion/The Arts Council of Ireland (1993-1998), by Ireland’s first Minister of Arts, Culture and Gaeltacht, Michael D Higgins, and chaired the Review of Theatre in Ireland (1995-6). He is a member of international advisory boards of the British Association for Irish Studies, Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities Asia (https://journals.ateneo.edu/index.php/apah) and Unitas (http://unitasust.net/). His first published academic article was on Dermot Bolger’s ground-breaking play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary.