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Only Bones 1.0 – Thom Monckton (Kallo Collective In Association With Aurora Nova)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2019

Can a human really be called malleable? Thom Monckton certainly is. A consummate entertainer and physical comedian, his immediate, silent comebacks to the audience reactions showed how skilled he is at his craft. Transforming his body into other creatures and anthropomorphising his hands and feet, I really felt that he had almost become something other than simply human. There is a hypnotic, unreal quality to his work which can be almost painful to watch. The limits of setting the show in a one metre circle actually forced creativity, leading to a series of extremely memorable contortions and tricks, all performed with a knowing wink to the audience. Somehow, Monckton sells himself short in his title; he is so much more than ‘only’ bones.

Assembly Roxy, until 22 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Will Norris]