Dr Simon Murray

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)

telephone: 01413301962
email: Simon.Murray@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research Interests

Simon’s research interests are interdisciplinary and constantly engage with a sociological and cultural studies past and a theatre/performance practices present. A preoccupation with political and social contexts frames and drives all his interests, regardless of the particular nature of the project in question. His research and writing have attempted to combine close readings of theatre forms – particularly physical and movement theatres - historiography and locating these practices as cultural production. Today, Simon’s research preoccupations coalesce around two inter-related and overlapping pathways of thought and interest. One of these continues to include the politics and regimes of actor and performer training, the pedagogies of Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier and contemporary performance practices and dramaturgies. The other embraces a wider cultural sweep and finds focus on WG (Max) Sebald, John Berger, Raymond Williams, the quality of lightness in performance, the politics of collaboration, and the relationship between ruins/ruination and theatre. In relation to the latter I am currently researching and writing a monograph, provisionally entitled ‘Performing Ruins’ which will be published by Palgrave in 2018/19 as part of the Performing Landscapes series edited by Prof Dee Heddon (Glasgow) and Prof Sally Mackay (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). I am also a member of the Ecology and Environment research cluster within Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Biography

Simon joined Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow in September 2008 having moved from Dartington College of Arts in Devon where he was Director of Theatre. He originally graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a (London University) Honours degree in Sociology (1971) and spent 15 years working in further, higher, adult and trade union education in the north east of England, the west of Scotland and in Seychelles. In his late thirties he spent a year in Paris training in movement, acting and theatre-making with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux. After 10 years as a professional theatre maker and performer he returned to higher education to teach theatre and performance. In 2008 he co- founded the Routledge journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training with Professor Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds). He was co-editor of this journal until the autumn of 2016, but remains a consultant editor.


Supervision

    Simon welcomes applications from MPhil and PhD students wishing to undertake research into contemporary performance practice, performer/actor training, physical theatres, devised performance, interdisciplinary and cross art form practices, cultural materialist perspectives on late 20th/21st century theatre making, and theatre and ruins/ruination.

    • Millwood, Sasha
      The Music of Thea Musgrave: an analysis based on the archival sources

Teaching

  • Beckett in Performance (Honours option)
  • Performing Memory (Honours option)
  • Contemporary Devising Practices (MLitt Theatre Practices)
  • Independent Research Project (MLitt Theatre Practices)
  • Independent Practice (MLitt Theatre Practices)
  • Modernism to the Postdramatic (Level II Theatre Studies)
  • Reading the Stage (Level I Theatre Studies)
  • Dissertations (Honours, Theatre Studies)
  • Co-convenor for MLitt Theatre Practices

Additional Information

External Responsibilities

  • Consultant Editor for the journal 'Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT): An International and Interdisciplinary Journal'.  Currently one of the team of guest editors for a special issue of TDPT on Dartington College of Arts (October 2018)
  • Member of the International Platform for Performer Training (IPPT)
  • Engagement Officer for the School of Culture and Creative Arts (SCCA) at University of Glasgow

Publications

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Number of items: 15.

2019

Murray, S. (2019) Performing Ruins. Series: Performing landscapes. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. (Accepted for Publication)

2016

Murray, S. (2016) Contemporary collaborations and cautionary tales. In: Colin, N. and Sachsenmaier, S. (eds.) Collaboration in Performance Practice: premises, workings, failures. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 27-50. ISBN 9781137462459

Murray, S. (2016) Dear Jacques ... Lecoq in the twenty first century. In: Evans, M. and Kemp, R. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq. Routledge: Abingdon, pp. 292-300. ISBN 9781138818422

Murray, S. and Keefe, J. (2016) Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction [2nd ed.]. Routledge: Abingdon. ISBN 9781138782112

2015

Murray, S. (2015) Keywords in performer training. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 6(1), pp. 46-58. (doi:10.1080/19443927.2014.995829)

Murray, S. and Lorimer, H. (2015) The ruin in question. Performance Research, 20(3), pp. 58-66. (doi:10.1080/13528165.2015.1049037)

2013

Murray, S. (2013) Fields of association: W.G. Sebald and contemporary performance practices. In: Baxter, J., Hutchinson, B. and Henitiuk, V. (eds.) A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W.G. Sebald. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK, pp. 187-202. ISBN 9780719088520

Murray, S. (2013) Embracing lightness: dispositions,corporealities and metaphors in contemporary theatre and performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 23(2), pp. 206-219. (doi:10.1080/10486801.2013.777051)

2011

Murray, S. and Hall, J. (2011) Arts for what, for where, for whom? Fragmentary reflections on Dartington College of Arts, 1961 – 2010. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 2(1), (doi:10.1080/19443927.2010.544752)

Murray, S., Pitches, J., Poynor, H., Worth, H., Richmond, D. and Dorey Richmond, J. (2011) Performer training: researching practice in the theatre laboratory. In: Kershaw, B. and Nicholson, H. (eds.) Research Methods in Theatre and Performance. Series: Research methods for the arts and humanities. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 137-161. ISBN 9780748641574

2010

Murray, S.D. (2010) Jacques Lecoq, Monika Pagneux and Philippe Gaulier: training for play, lightness and disobedience. In: Hodge, A. (ed.) Actor Training. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 215-236. ISBN 9780415471688

2007

Keefe, J. and Murray, S.D. (Eds.) (2007) Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415362511

Murray, S.D. and Keefe, J. (2007) Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415362498

2003

Murray, S.D. (2003) Jacques Lecoq. Series: Routledge performance practitioners. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415258814

2002

Murray, S.D. (2002) Tout bouge: Jacques Lecoq, modern mime and the zero body: a pedagogy for the creative actor. In: Yarrow, R. and Chamberlain, F. (eds.) Jacques Lecoq and the British Theatre. Series: Routledge Harwood contemporary theatre studies (42). Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415270243

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Number of items: 15.

Articles

Murray, S. (2015) Keywords in performer training. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 6(1), pp. 46-58. (doi:10.1080/19443927.2014.995829)

Murray, S. and Lorimer, H. (2015) The ruin in question. Performance Research, 20(3), pp. 58-66. (doi:10.1080/13528165.2015.1049037)

Murray, S. (2013) Embracing lightness: dispositions,corporealities and metaphors in contemporary theatre and performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 23(2), pp. 206-219. (doi:10.1080/10486801.2013.777051)

Murray, S. and Hall, J. (2011) Arts for what, for where, for whom? Fragmentary reflections on Dartington College of Arts, 1961 – 2010. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 2(1), (doi:10.1080/19443927.2010.544752)

Books

Murray, S. (2019) Performing Ruins. Series: Performing landscapes. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. (Accepted for Publication)

Murray, S. and Keefe, J. (2016) Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction [2nd ed.]. Routledge: Abingdon. ISBN 9781138782112

Murray, S.D. and Keefe, J. (2007) Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415362498

Murray, S.D. (2003) Jacques Lecoq. Series: Routledge performance practitioners. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415258814

Book Sections

Murray, S. (2016) Contemporary collaborations and cautionary tales. In: Colin, N. and Sachsenmaier, S. (eds.) Collaboration in Performance Practice: premises, workings, failures. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 27-50. ISBN 9781137462459

Murray, S. (2016) Dear Jacques ... Lecoq in the twenty first century. In: Evans, M. and Kemp, R. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq. Routledge: Abingdon, pp. 292-300. ISBN 9781138818422

Murray, S. (2013) Fields of association: W.G. Sebald and contemporary performance practices. In: Baxter, J., Hutchinson, B. and Henitiuk, V. (eds.) A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W.G. Sebald. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK, pp. 187-202. ISBN 9780719088520

Murray, S., Pitches, J., Poynor, H., Worth, H., Richmond, D. and Dorey Richmond, J. (2011) Performer training: researching practice in the theatre laboratory. In: Kershaw, B. and Nicholson, H. (eds.) Research Methods in Theatre and Performance. Series: Research methods for the arts and humanities. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 137-161. ISBN 9780748641574

Murray, S.D. (2010) Jacques Lecoq, Monika Pagneux and Philippe Gaulier: training for play, lightness and disobedience. In: Hodge, A. (ed.) Actor Training. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 215-236. ISBN 9780415471688

Murray, S.D. (2002) Tout bouge: Jacques Lecoq, modern mime and the zero body: a pedagogy for the creative actor. In: Yarrow, R. and Chamberlain, F. (eds.) Jacques Lecoq and the British Theatre. Series: Routledge Harwood contemporary theatre studies (42). Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415270243

Edited Books

Keefe, J. and Murray, S.D. (Eds.) (2007) Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415362511

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