on 21 February 2013
Whilst this does not go into any great depth on the course offered by L'école internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq (and this should not be the motivation for buying the book), Murray's study effects a broad and penetrating insight into the man that was Jacques Lecoq and the theatrical and historical structures that influenced the creation of his Parisian school.
Murray critically engages with the development of Lecoq's school and the theories of acting (and actor training) devised, making for an insightful academic read that problematises and theorises in its own right, rather than feebly accepting and reproducing Lecoq's own, previously published works.
on 5 February 2007
In combining historical facts, key teachings and practical exercises, this book does succeed. The study of Theatre de Complicite is not by any means indepth.
This, however is also true of the rest of the book. It is an introduction and nothing more. It's practical usefulness is also questionable, where Lecoq's style was pysical, in-depth and time-consuming this does not attempt either. Any exercises discussed (the last 20 pages) are only mentioned in relation to theory. It is not representative of Lecoq's style, especially in comparison to Lecoq's "The Moving Body" which is nothing but physical exercises and theory centered around them.
May be useful for brief comparison to other practioners or when short of time.