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Bane Trilogy
Published on Friday, 04 May 2012


The Warren (venue website)
5 May, 8:00pm-9:00pm; 6 May, 7:30pm-8:30pm, 9:00pm-10:00pm

Here’s a real treat for both theatre and cinema aficionados alike.  After winning one of our Editors’ Choice awards last year, Joe Bone’s one-man film-noir parody Bane is back for a reprise… and a rare opportunity to catch all three filmic episodes in a single weekend.  If you've never seen Bone’s cult performance, it’s surely time to find out what you've been missing; and if you missed out a part of the trilogy, well, now’s the moment to put that omission right.

Built round a gangland hit-man “who gets the job done”, Bane is a nothing short of a performing tour-de-force.  It’s delivered by one man, alone on a bare stage – yet he fills it with an array of diverse characters, all executed with perfect timing and a finely-varied range of voices.  He mimes out all the props as well, and even provides the sound effects; the sheer physical stamina is hugely impressive, but the skill which underpins it is more striking still.

Joe Bone isn’t quite the only man on the stage; guitarist Ben Roe is a big part of it too, with his atmospheric strumming proving the perfect counterpoint to Bone’s breakneck madness.  If you want to see just one episode, we’d suggest you start with Part 1 on Saturday, but beware – this really does warrant three hours of your weekend, and you might find yourself irresistibly drawn back for the dramatic conclusion on Sunday.

Read our full review of the Bane Trilogy from the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011.

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