Mime actor with links to Oamaru doing well

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A New Zealand actor with North Otago connections has been compared to the likes of Mr Bean and Marcelo Masoe.

New Zealand actor Thomas Monckton, whose parents live in Five Forks, has done well at a recent performance in Edinburgh.

Thomas, now based in Finland, received a five-star review for his mime The Pianist, for which he was also nominated for a total theatre award nomination.

His father Brian Monckton said he was incredibly proud.

“Yes, he does a really good job and he has received some really good reviews.”

Mr Monckton said his son had also received good appraisals from other actors.

“They’ve said he is doing well, which is awesome.”

Thomas used to study in Christchurch at CPIT, but before he went away to study, he spent a few months here in Oamaru.

“He hasn’t spent long down here in Oamaru, but it’s where we live and we try to get him down when we can.”

Mr Monckton hopes to encourage his son to perform at the Oamaru Opera House.

“We are hoping he will do a performance here in Oamaru in the not too distant future. He’s performed in Nelson, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin recently, so getting him here would be great.”

Mr Monckton said his son’s acts were very funny.

“I’ve heard they are a laugh, so people should get some good entertainment if he did come to Oamaru.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

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PROMISING: Thom Monckton has received a top appraisal for his mime The Pianist.