Only Bones, Summerhall, Review

Rating (out of 5)
Show info
Kallo Collective in association with Aurora Nova
Gemma Tweedie (Light & Sound Support)
Thomas Monckton
Running time

This is what the Fringe is about; innovative, creative, beautiful and completely absorbing. It's in the wonderful demonstration room at Summerhall and has the simplest of sets. A chalk circle, a lamp hanging from the ceiling and a performer. And from these simple ingredients emerges a remarkable performance.

Thomas Monckton is extraordinary. He uses his body as the performance piece but each part of his body becomes a solo performer, his face, his hands, his feet, his stomach his neck and shoulders they all become bit or leading players in a remarkable series of scenes and vignettes. Some are uproariously funny, some beautiful, some sad.

We are shown the struggles between competing socks, a magical underwater realm, head juggling, hybridisation of the most remarkable kind, war, it goes on and on and on. The creativity that has been poured into this piece is beyond measure, it is enchanting, engaging and enthralling and all performed by a man who barely moves from a single spot.

Whilst forever remaining bound within his 1 metre circle the journey that this performance takes you on is stunning.

Gemma Tweedle the onstage technician provides a clever sound and light scape creating a simple but exact ambiance for each phase of the show.

Yes, this is what the Fringe is about and this show will undoubtedly become a sell out hit of 2016. I strongly advise you to get your tickets while they're still available.

Until the 28 20.30 (45 mins)