The ruin in question

Simon Murray, Hayden Lorimer

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An inquisitorial encounter with the ruin in built form, this essay is arranged according to a series of questions-and-answers. The ruin in question was once St. Peter?s Seminary, theological college of the Roman Catholic Church and icon of post-war Scottish Modernist architecture. Set within a landscaped estate of parkland and woodland, luxuriantly overgrown since abandonment, the entire site is a crucible for ruinous thought and responsive action. The essay rewrites the ruin according to its past, present and possible future, offering sense-impressions of what is to be found in its midst, and the kinds of experimental performance that it invites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-66
Number of pages9
JournalPerformance Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2015


  • Ruin, St Peter's Seminary, Kilmahew, performance, graffiti, Roman Catholic Church.


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