Only Bones v1.0 is an award-winning production by New Zealanders Thom Monckton and Gemma Tweedie, and Finland’s Kallo Collective.

Monckton’s stage is one metre. There’s a chair, a lamp and a circle painted on the floor. With its quirky, low-tech aesthetic and using just his bendy, wiggling hands and seemingly uncontrollable face, Monckton creates an exquisite piece of micro-physical theatre unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Only Bones premiered in Lapland before becoming a hit show astounding audiences at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. It has featured in an art museum in Mexico City, a converted prison in French Guiana, and 13 different countries around the world.

From the maker behind The Pianist and Caterpillars.

To find out more about the project visit the Kallo Collective website, follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Presented as part of Auckland Fringe Festival 2019. 
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“There’s brains and wildeyed charm in this tour de force from the physical theatre comedian Thomas Monckton” ★★★★  The Times 

“A meticulously choreographed piece of art. Excellently executed and magically mesmerising.” ★★★★ Everything Theatre  

“The creativity that has been poured into this piece is beyond measure, it is enchanting, engaging and enthralling” ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide 

“45 minutes of bodygenerated invention that will likely send you back out into the night with a spring in your step” ★★★★ The List

“a glorious salute to one man’s remarkable physicality” ★★★★ The Herald Scotland

“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” ★★★★ Across The Arts