The Pianist by Thomas Monckton & Circo Aereo | Fringe Festival 2016 | Review

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One man, a piano and an hour of laughs. ‘The Pianist by Thomas Monckton & Circo Aereo’ is a funny and endearing show genuinely perfect for the whole family.

It’s always impressive when a solo artist can hold a captive audience for an entire performance. Without spoken word Thomas Monckton presents a show that has audiences laughing out loud. For lovers of physical comedy ‘The Pianist’ is flawless.

It is a rare treasure to find a show that both adults and children can enjoy equally, making it perfect for a family experience without the need to choose a show specifically for kids. Both my five-year-old and six-year-old were engaged for the entire 60 minutes delightfully laughing along at the same time as the rest of the [mostly adult] audience. By the same measure ‘The Pianist’ wouldn’t be out of place on a date-night nor evening out with your Grandparents.

The show follows the tried-and-tested mime formula of loveable-goof for whom calamity seems unavoidable, a character that Monckton executes perfectly as a concert pianist. The laughs start right from the onset as the pianist struggles to find his way out from behind the curtains, and they rarely let-up throughout the entire show. The harder the character tries to perform a highbrow piano recital the more the concert descends into catastrophe and chaos.

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There is swinging from the chandelier, pieces of the piano falling off, entangling dust-sheets and uncooperative spotlight operators proving that there is nothing that can’t go wrong! Monckton is a master of his craft with his incredible expressions, circus and mime skills he creates a truly engaging character.

The Pianist is being shown every night (except Mondays) until March 5 at the family-friendly time of 6pm, making it perfect to give the kids a genuine fringe experience. If you like physical comedy I would definitely recommend putting this on your ‘hit list’.

The Pianist by Thomas Monckton & Circo Aereo is being held at The Royal Croquet Club (Rated-G) from 13 Feb – 5 March 2016.

For more information about this show and ticket bookings please see the Adelaide Fringe website here.

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What:         The Pianist by Thomas Monckton & Circo Aereo

When:        Every night (except Mondays) until 5 Mar 2016 | 6pm

Where:      The Panama Club | The Royal Croquet Club | Victoria Square

Who:           Rated G

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