Only Bones is an award-winning new production by New Zealanders Thomas Monckton and Gemma Tweedie, and Finland’s Kallo Collective, in association with Aurora Nova.
Monckton’s stage is one metre square. There’s a chair, a lamp and a circle on the floor. With its quirky, low-tech aesthetic and using just his bendy, bickering, wiggling hands and seemingly uncontrollable face, Monckton creates an exquisite piece of micro-physical theatre unlike anything you’ve seen. An hypnotic show about a lot, using very little.
Monckton’s ability to manipulate the smallest parts of the body, not just to do this expertly well but while establishing a playful relationship with the audience, is mind-blowing.
Born in New Zealand, Thomas Monckton trained in circus arts in Christchurch, and then at the Lecoq school in Paris. His solo show for Circo Aereo, The Pianist, was a hit at LIMF 2015 and continues to tour worldwide. Now based in Finland where he is a member of the Kallo Collective, fellow Lecoq-graduates, he premiered Only Bones in New Zealand in 2015 before taking it to the Avignon and Edinburgh fringe festivals in 2016 where it played to sold-out houses.
Shortlisted for Edinbugh Fringe Total Theatre Awards 2016
Best in Physical Theatre NZ Fringe 2015
Stand Out Performer NZ Fringe 2015, Innovation NZ Fringe 2015