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MOVING STATIONERY



by Kallo Collective at Wellington Fringe
Created and performed by Thom Monckton

[50 mins]

at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
From 16 Feb 2012 to 19 Feb 2012

YMCA Conference Room, Hereford Street, Christchurch
From 18 Jan 2013 to 26 Jan 2013

The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 5 Mar 2013 to 8 Mar 2013

Downstage Theatre, Wellington
From 10 May 2013 to 11 May 2013



Reviewed by:  John SmytheLindsay ClarkNik SmytheMaraea Rakuraku;

“…uncontrollably funny…” -HBL.FI culture and entertainment

“Thom Monckton's one-man show hit the laughter jackpot…” -Helsinki Sanomat

 “…This man is a phenomenon.”  -HelsinkiSanomat

Moving Stationery is a wordless one-man physical comedy show combining dance, object manipulation and clown technique. The creation of Moving Stationery took place inFinland as part of a three-month artist's residence. With very little human interaction during that time, and outside temperatures dropping to -28 degrees Celsius, the result is a particularly well rehearsed but slightly off-kilter show.

This comedy of errors revolves around Sigmund, the bewildered recipient of a new office job, who is completely out of his depth. Sigmund's desperate attempts to defend himself against his own mistakes spiral out of control until he is fighting an epic war against a (deceptively) harmless office. The elevator, his lunch, and the office stationery seem set to destroy him.

Hurjaruuth Dance Theatre produced the first season of Moving Stationery, which met with great reviews and audience feedback. It was then invited to perform a one-off at the Pori Theatre Festival where 91 people were crammed into a 75-seat theatre.

Thom Monckton's show “contains the history of clowning and perfect timing”. It is an easy and entertaining show to see, combining the very old and very new forms of clown – both rarely seen inNew Zealand.

16th – 19th February , 6.30pm
BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
$16 Full/$14 Concession/$12 Fringe Addict
book@bats.co.nz or 04 8024175  

Thanks to Creative Communities (NZ) and Saaren Kartano (FIN) funding.

2013

Winner of 3 NZ Fringe Festival Awards 2012 including Best of Fringe, Moving Stationery is an energetic, wordless, absurd comedy that will hit you like an overdose of wasabi. And it's fun for ALL the Family!

MOVING STATIONARY plays:
5th – 8th March, 5:30pm
Venue: The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
50mins
Tickets: Full $18 / Concessions $15
Bookings: iTicket – www.iticket.co.nz  or (09) 361 1000 

SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL, CHRISTCHURCH

YMCA Conference Room, Hereford Street
Friday 18 - Saturday 26 January
6pm 
1 Seat = 1 Donation ($15 preferred)
First in, first served!

Seats available from dashtickets.co.nz / 0800 DASH TICKETS until 12noon on the day of the show. Get in quick! Very limited seats on the door from 5.30pm
No BYO alcohol. 
No smoking, thanks!
PLEASE NOTE: Thursday 17 January show has been cancelled. This show has changed venue from THE BIG TOP in and is now located at the YMCA Conference Room on Hereford Street.

DOWNSTAGE THEATRE
7pm FRI 10 MAY  
5pm + 7pm SAT 11 MAY

Book Online – or book at our box office on: (04) 801 6946
Tickets: Adult: $28, Concession: $22, Child: $14.90
(SAT 5pm ALL TIX $14.90) Duration: 1hr  

Thom Monckton - Biography

 “...blessed with limbs that could rotate in any direction and a body that appeared entirely boneless.”  Dartford Times, London

 “His work is simply some of the funniest that has come out the school's 10 years of operation.” -Godfrey Sim, CircoArts Director

Thom is a New Zealander from Patea, South Taranaki. He grew up with four older brothers and an irrational desire to be a clown. Thom has trained two years at New Zealand's circus school CircoArts and was the 13th New Zealander in 50 years to complete the two years training course at physical theatre school ‘Lecoq' in Paris.

Thom has worked aroundNew Zealandas a solo artist and as an actor with The Ugly Shakespeare Theatre Company. He left forFranceafter his application to Lecoq was accepted in 2006 and has been based inEuropeever since.

Apart from the physical theatre training he received at Lecoq, his life experiences in Paris included living in parks and on the streets, in an abandoned derelict hotel, in a tent in the woods, and in a hot water cupboard. Thom graduated in 2008 and went straight into a six-month contract with Hurjaruuth, a circus and dance theatre company inFinland.

Thom has helped set up four physical theatre companies in theUKandFranceand has established himself as a respected artist inFinland. 

“During the past four years I have been following (Thom's) work both in France and in Finland and he is a very talented physical actor who takes his craft seriously. Having him networking in Finland creates a valuable link for performing arts in our country that deserves to be supported.” – Maksim Komaro (Finland), Circo Aereo Director

Kallo Collective

"...as zany as any we have seen here for decades.”  -The Dominion Post (NZ)

Founded in 2009 Kallo Collective is an up-and-coming physical theatre and contemporary circus company. The international collective is based inHelsinkiwith strong connections inFranceandNew Zealand. Key members include Jenni Kallo (FIN), Thom Monckton (NZ), Sampo Kurppa (FIN), and Jen McArthur (NZ).

The Collective aims to augment and evolve the disciplines of physical theatre, contemporary circus, and in particular, clowning.

The founding members (Kallo, Monckton, and Kurppa) studied together at the international physical theatreschoolofJacques LecoqinParisand all members have a background in circus training. The collective has developed a unique sense of theatre style and physical comedy drawing from the masters, Chaplin and Keaton, and adding a contemporary twist.

Kallo Collective has created and produced the original clown theatre shows; Members of Our Limbs, Echolalia, Miss Olga, and Moving Stationery. These productions have met with great response from the public and critics alike. Kallo Collective is an adaptable and productive company with high quality, tour-friendly shows that appeal to a wide audience.