Dr Simon Murray

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

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

TFTV Studies, Gilmorehill Halls, Glasgow G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0221-3774

Biography

I joined Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow in September 2008 having moved from Dartington College of Arts in Devon where I was Director of Theatre. I graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a (London University) Honours degree in Sociology in 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 my late thirties I spent a year (1986-87) in Paris training in movement, acting and theatre-making with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux. After 12 years as a professional theatre maker and performer I returned to higher education to teach theatre and performance. In 2008 I co- founded the Routledge journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training with Professor Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds). I was co-editor of this journal until the autumn of 2016 but remain a consultant editor. My daughter, Isla, is currently studying Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and I am married to Glasgow based artist and filmmaker, Wendy Kirkup. We have a much-adored Labrador called Tally. I take great pleasure in walking the cliffs of North Cornwall, Northumberland and in the Coigach region of North West Scotland. I am a Hellenist and enjoy spending as much of my time as possible in Athens, the Mani peninsular of the Peloponnese and on the island of Zakynthos.

Research interests

Research Interests

My 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 my interests, regardless of the particular nature of the project in question. My research and writing have attempted to combine close readings of theatre forms – particularly physical and movement theatres - and locating these practices as cultural production. Today, my research interests coalesce around two inter-related and overlapping pathways of thought and interest. One of these continues to include physical theatres and 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 have recently completed a five-year research project concluding in a monograph entitled Performing Ruins, published by Palgrave in August 2020 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 a member of both the Dramaturgy as Critical Practice and the Performance, Ecology and Heritage research hubs within Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. I am currently working on a jointly authored book with Prof Mark Evans from Coventry University entitled UK Mime and Physical Theatres: Critical Histories. This will be published by Routledge in 2022.

Publications

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Jump to: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2007 | 2003 | 2002
Number of items: 25.

2021

Murray, S. and Kirkup, W. (2021) Revisiting THEN/NOW. In: Donald, M. (ed.) THEN/NOW: A public art project with and for the Forth and Clyde Canal. University of Glasgow: Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619735

Murray, S. and Evans, M. (2021) UK Physical Theatres: A Critical History. Routledge. (In Press)

2020

Murray, S. and Evans, M. (2020) PLAY, COMPLICITÉ, DISPONIBILITÉ: a dialogue between Mark Evans (ME) and Simon Murray (SM) at the National Theatre in London, November 2018. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 11(4), pp. 515-518. (doi: 10.1080/19443927.2020.1824857)

Murray, S. (2020) Performing Ruins. Series: Performing landscapes. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9783030406424

2019

Lavery, C. and Murray, S. (2019) Thinking like a ruin. In: Mitsi, E., Despotopoulou, A., Dimakopoulou, S. and Aretoulakis, E. (eds.) Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 249-270. ISBN 9783030269043 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-26905-0_15)

Murray, S. , Hall, J. and Kirkup, W. (2019) After into the mountain. [Website]

Murray, S. (2019) Performing the Ruin: Some Questions of Materiality and Dramaturgy. UHI Ruination and Decay Conference, Inverness, UK, December 2019.

2018

Murray, S. , Worth, L., Brown, B. and McCaw, D. (2018) Editorial. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 9(3), pp. 299-306. (doi: 10.1080/19443927.2018.1505021)

2017

Murray, S. (2017) A conspiracy of orphans: John Berger and the art of creative attention. Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(3), pp. 429-432. (doi: 10.1080/10486801.2017.1372962)

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 (doi:10.1057/9781137462466_2)

Murray, S. (2016) Connoisseurs of Twilight: Wrestling with Writing Ruins. Theatre Studies Research Seminar, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 17 March 2016.

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. (2015) Flirting with Ruin Porn: Some Initial Thoughts on Ruination as a 'Structure Of Feeling'. Glasgow School of Art & NVA On Ruins and Ruination, Glasgow, UK, 18 Sep 2015.

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: 25.

Articles

Murray, S. and Evans, M. (2020) PLAY, COMPLICITÉ, DISPONIBILITÉ: a dialogue between Mark Evans (ME) and Simon Murray (SM) at the National Theatre in London, November 2018. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 11(4), pp. 515-518. (doi: 10.1080/19443927.2020.1824857)

Murray, S. , Worth, L., Brown, B. and McCaw, D. (2018) Editorial. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 9(3), pp. 299-306. (doi: 10.1080/19443927.2018.1505021)

Murray, S. (2017) A conspiracy of orphans: John Berger and the art of creative attention. Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(3), pp. 429-432. (doi: 10.1080/10486801.2017.1372962)

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. and Evans, M. (2021) UK Physical Theatres: A Critical History. Routledge. (In Press)

Murray, S. (2020) Performing Ruins. Series: Performing landscapes. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9783030406424

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. and Kirkup, W. (2021) Revisiting THEN/NOW. In: Donald, M. (ed.) THEN/NOW: A public art project with and for the Forth and Clyde Canal. University of Glasgow: Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619735

Lavery, C. and Murray, S. (2019) Thinking like a ruin. In: Mitsi, E., Despotopoulou, A., Dimakopoulou, S. and Aretoulakis, E. (eds.) Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 249-270. ISBN 9783030269043 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-26905-0_15)

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 (doi:10.1057/9781137462466_2)

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

Conference or Workshop Item

Murray, S. (2019) Performing the Ruin: Some Questions of Materiality and Dramaturgy. UHI Ruination and Decay Conference, Inverness, UK, December 2019.

Murray, S. (2016) Connoisseurs of Twilight: Wrestling with Writing Ruins. Theatre Studies Research Seminar, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 17 March 2016.

Murray, S. (2015) Flirting with Ruin Porn: Some Initial Thoughts on Ruination as a 'Structure Of Feeling'. Glasgow School of Art & NVA On Ruins and Ruination, Glasgow, UK, 18 Sep 2015.

Website

Murray, S. , Hall, J. and Kirkup, W. (2019) After into the mountain. [Website]

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Supervision

I welcome applications from MPhil and PhD students wishing to undertake research into contemporary performance practice, performer/actor training, mime and 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. I am currently hoping to supervise from autumn 2021 a student whose doctoral research is entitled ‘The performance of race and protest on the stages of the National Football League (NFL) and English Premier League (EPL)’.

  • Barok, Andrea
    Physical Theatre and its route to Hungarian theatres
  • Kovacs, Nicole
    “The phenomenal moment: A study in the phenomenological interaction between actor, audience imagination, and space; explored through a methodology of Meisner technique and reinterpreting Kabuki theatre aesthetics”

Examples of recent successful PhD supervisions

  • Elucidating the compositional praxis of a living composer, Thea Musgrave, through archival papers. (Collaborative Doctoral Award with British Library London. With Music, 2018)
  • ‘In Dance It’s Accepted’: Undoing Gender, Challenging Heterosexual Hegemony and the Limits of Transgression (with Sociology, 2015)
  • Crossing the Clyde to the Riverside: Developing co-creational strategies for engaging local publics with and within the Riverside Museum – A practice-led approach. (Collaborative Doctoral Award with Riverside Museum, Glasgow, 2015)
  • The work of a clown is to make the audience burst out laughing’. Learning Clown at École Philippe Gaulier (2014).

Teaching

  • Beckett in Performance (Theatre Studies: Honours option)
  • Performing Memory (Theatre Studies: Honours option)
  • Contemporary Devising Practices (MLitt Theatre and Performance Practices)
  • Practice as Research Project (MLitt Theatre ad Performance Practices)
  • Independent Practice (MLitt Theatre and Performance Practices)
  • Modernism to the Postdramatic (Theatre Studies: Level II)
  • Reading the Stage (Theatre Studies: Level I)
  • Dissertations (Theatre Studies: Honours)

Additional information

External Responsibilities

  • Consultant Editor for the journal 'Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT): An International and Interdisciplinary Journal'.
  • Guest editor for a special issue of TDPT on Dartington College of Arts (October 2018)
  • Member of the International Platform for Performer Training (IPPT) (2015 – 2018)
  • Engagement Officer for the School of Culture and Creative Arts (SCCA) at University of Glasgow (2016-18)
  • National Theatre, London, November 2018. Panel member for educational programme on the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq