Only Bones 1.0 – Thom Monckton

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (clown, physical theatre)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Upstairs
  • 20:20
  • Aug 22
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Group: Kallo Collective in association with Aurora Nova
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Hearing not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


On a tiny set lit by a single bulb, endless possibilities are illuminated. Wordlessly using body manipulation, dance, circus and clownery, Only Bones' quirky low- tech aesthetic strips the stage down to one performer, one technician, one light, no text and a stage area of little more than 1m2. With head juggling and jellyfish this is a hypnotic show about a lot, using very little. NZ Fringe award winner in physical theatre, 2015. ‘A glorious salute to one man's remarkable physicality’ ***** (Herald). ‘Mind-blowing’ ***** ( ‘...extraordinary inventiveness created by a limitless imagination’ (

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: There is 25 steps into the performance space. The surrounding street area has some cobbles/uneven pavements.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Paul 152 days ago

A 45-minute mime show within a one-metre circle lit by a light bulb. To decide that you’ll therefore not bother with that one would be to pass on an outstanding and extraordinary performance that is funny, moving and always surprising. There were, alas, a few empty seats – every one a missed opportunity. Thom’s mime variously utilises fingers, hands and feet (and sometimes you don’t know which are which), body, head, neck and voice box. This is an incredible journey through what the human body is capable of expressing. Despite no words being spoken there is audience interaction and reaction as we move through the oceans to dry land, from control to seeming lack of control, from touching pathos to hilarity. The body is subject to unseen forces as well as gravity as we witness a complete entertainment, suitable for all ages. The fade out was interrupted by loud applause and cheering and the house lights revealed that the whole crowd was on its feet – you can’t blame us – we’d all had a real treat.

Max Darwin 155 days ago

The best show I saw this year at the festival. Maybe the best show I saw this year anywhere. In fact, one of the best shows of any kind I've ever seen.

Charlotte 156 days ago

This is physical theatre at its finest! Having seen 'The artist' by this performer last year, this show did not disappoint and even topped the heights of the previous show. It is my favourite show of the fringe so far (out of 16 carefully selected shows) and I will be recommending it to everyone I see! His musicality, body fluidity and sheer geniusness make this a must-see show for anyone aged 8-80! PERFECTION

Rachel Lissaman 158 days ago

***** Fantastic physical theatre piece. Be transported to an array of different scenes and story through one man and a light bulb! All ages, all languages, must see show at this years Fringe! Plus great space in Assemnly Roxy fully raked seated so no one seat is better than others. Bonus!

Alex Owen-Hill 159 days ago

Amazing! I've recommended this show to many people so far this Fringe and would recommend it to you as well. How do I describe it? Well, it's a tough one - it sits somewhere in the mid-ground between physical theatre, clowning, puppetry, mime, dance, and comedy. Go and see it, then you'll understand why it's so great.

Chris Davis 163 days ago

Unlike ANY show you will see at the Fringe! Thom is a magnificent performer, one thing the image does not capture is just how FUNNY this show is. Appropriate for all ages, and all language speakers, this is a MUST see in the Fringe this year

Elyse Oshaughnessey 167 days ago

I saw this show tonight and I was blown away by how captivating one man and a light bulb can be. Thom keep everyone engaged and entertained the entire time. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for amazing movement theatre.

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Edinburgh Festivals For Kids 151 days ago

Body popping, isolations, sound effects and astonishing physical feats take place on the world’s smallest stage in this exciting show from Thomas Monckton and Gemma Tweedie. [...] Make sure you get a ticket…I have a feeling he will continue to sell out. Pure entertainment, make sure you don’t miss it!

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 154 days ago

Born in New Zealand, trained at Lecoq in Paris and now based in Finland, Thom Monckton is indeed a blend of antipodean and European sensibilities. ...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 154 days ago

The show is called Only Bones, which is confusing given that its performer, Thomas Monckton, doesn’t seem to have any. His playful, hypnotising, deceptively simple part-clown-part-physical-theatre act makes you forget how the human body is supposed to work, to the point where this man could collapse into a puddle of...

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 160 days ago

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...

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