Introduction: Austerity and Drama’s Public Role

  • Victor Merriman


This introductory chapter proposes that Drama is a public art form, and any erosion of the idea and practice of a public must, of necessity, alter the context in which Drama exists. The relationship between Drama’s fictional worlds and actual existing worlds is reciprocal, symbiotic, co-dependent, and, crucially, ethically grounded. Thus, any project in critical performance studies must account for overlapping material and symbolic worlds, experiences and perspectives, within evolving ethical frameworks. This is the general aim of this book, and this chapter summarises key concerns, providing a guide to rationale, structure, and chapter content.


Liberal democracy Liberal political economy Neo-liberalisation Austerity Deficit Culture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Merriman
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  1. 1.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirk, LancashireUK

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