(Re)Public Worlds: Drama As Ethical Encounter

  • Victor Merriman


This chapter explores the emergence of One Hour Theatre Company (OHTC) from the work of Performance and Civic Futures Research Group. OHTC set out to explore the plays as, what Kevin Curran (2016) called, ‘living art, vital thought-worlds that struggle, across time, with foundational questions of metaphysics, ethics, politics, and aesthetics.’ This chapter looks critically at OHTC’s approach to creating ‘new worlds of knowledge and new scenes of ethical encounter’ (Curran 2016) along existential axes of Justice/Democracy, and Subordination and Exclusion/Empowerment and Inclusion. The critique surveys three OHTC productions, two of which were dramaturged and directed by the author.


Ethical encounter One Hour Theatre Company (OHTC) Theatre’s social role Public deliberation 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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