The drama of solving political issues is subject of tutor’s debate

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Examining whether theatre can be used to make Ireland a better place will be the topic of debate at an Edge Hill University event.

Professor Victor Merriman, from the department of Performing Arts, will share his research and lead a debate on the subject during his inaugural lecture on Monday to mark his new professorial appointment.

He said: “Theatre does and says things that are very critical of the State. I will argue that theatre can turn statements into questions and that it plays a role in exposing the economic, social and political contradictions of a country which has a lot of work to do to become the kind of society in which most of its citizens would like to live.”

In his lecture, Professor Merriman will use live and recorded performance to propose that dramatic worlds reveal ways in which social authority is established, sustained, and contested.

He said: “I will consider how theatre testifies to the society into which it plays, and query the role of critical practice in enabling acts of theatre to achieve social efficacy.” His public lecture is free to attend but spaces are limited. To book your place, email

Arrival is from 5pm with refreshments, ready for a 6pm start and refreshments and networking afterwards.

The event is the latest in the University’s 2013 inaugural 
lecture series, which celebrates its academic talent with a series of thought-provoking public events to mark the appointment of its new professors.

For more information on these upcoming events, visit the website