Grotowski's book encapsulates his thought and techniques based on years of interrogating the fundamental building blocks of theatre. His method (which can not be called a coherent system)is a stripping away of obstacles and artifices rather than an accumulation of techniques or 'tricks'. A puritian and evangelist, his teachings often smack of piety and a religious zeal. However, he claims to be preaching from a secular (anti-Catholic) standpoint. Theatre for Grotowski is what happens between the performer and the spectator. He jettisons scenic design, lighting and artifice therefore, and interrogates physical actions. His exercises have close associations with Asana Yoga whereby spiritual depths are accessed via physcial discipline. An inspiring, and as Peter Brook says in his foreward, provocative book. Eager students or artists looking for quick fix answers, gimmicks or techniques they can steal will be unfulfilled. Not since Stanislavski has anyone interrogated the art of acting and attempted to formulate a concordance of helpful observations in such depth and detail. The legacy of Grotowski has influenced our best present directors; from Peter Brook, Richard Wilson, Robert Le Page, Karma Ginkas and Yoshi Oida to name a few.