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Moving Stationery - Auckland Fringe


Tue 5 Mar 2013, 5:30pm–6:20pm
Wed 6 Mar 2013, 5:30pm–6:20pm
Thu 7 Mar 2013, 5:30pm–6:20pm
Fri 8 Mar 2013, 5:30pm–6:20pm

Where: The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $18.00
  • Fringe participants: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Related Artists:

Kallo Collective present Moving Stationery
Created and performed by Thom Monckton.

After a sell-out season at New York Clown Festival, Moving Stationery is coming to Auckland Fringe, 5-8 March at the Basement Studio. This wordless one-man physical comedy show was performed at the New Zealand Fringe where it won Best of the Fringe, Best in Theatre, and Stand Out Performer. In Dunedin it was the second half of a double bill, which won Best of the Fringe, Best in Theatre, and Thom was awarded Stand Out Performer. Thom has also been nominated for a 2012 Chapman Tripp theatre award for his performance in Moving Stationery.

Created in Finland as part of a three-month artist’s residence, 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. Minimal human interaction and outside temperatures of -28oC during the period spent in Finland resulted in a particularly well-rehearsed but slightly off-kilter show.

The first season of Moving Stationery was produced by Hurjaruuth Dance Theatre in Helsinki and was 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 in New Zealand.

“…uncontrollably funny…” - HBL.FI, Isabella Rothenberg

“It’s sweet and simple and brilliant.” - Wellington Reviews

“…his timing is superb and his surely boneless body flows like an irresistible tsunami.” - Theatreview, Terry MacTavish

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

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

For more information contact Thom Monckton:

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