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Bane 1 / 2 / 3


Underground Venues - Pauper's Pit
11-12 Jul, 7:45pm-8:45pm, 10:30pm-11:30pm


Here’s a real treat for both theatre and film 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 third instalment… and you can catch all three parts over two days, right here in Buxton.

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.  So if you’ve never seen Bane performed, it really is time to put that omission right.  And if you’re an old-timer, don’t worry… we snuck into an early preview in Brighton, and confirm that there’s plenty fresh and new to bring you back for Part 3.


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These are archived reviews of shows from Buxton 2011.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.