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Bane 1, 2 & 3
Published on Tuesday, 19 June 2012

ImagePleasance Dome
Theatre
1-12, 14-26 Aug, 5:20pm-6:20pm 

If you’re one of the Bane series’ many devotees, don’t get too excited: this isn’t a new instalment, just another chance to enjoy the three original shows.  On the other hand, if you’re new to Joe Bone’s one-man film-noir parody, you’ve a real treat in store.  The witty, gripping plays have earned multiple five-star reviews over the last few years, and Bane 3 won one of our Editors’ Choice awards for its darkly ironic finale.  So 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 one or two parts 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 comic 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.  And the script, also Bone’s own work, is a masterpiece of parody, with the later instalments cheerfully lampooning the episodes that have gone before.

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’re new to the show, we suggest you do the obvious thing and start with Bane 1, which is showing on Fridays.  Bane 2 plays on Saturdays, while the hilariously self-referential Bane 3 fills the rest of the week.  You can pick up the story at any point, but beware – once you’ve seen a single part, you may well find yourself drawn back for them all.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES

These are archived reviews of shows from Edinburgh 2012.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.

Edinburgh 2012 Five Stars

5 stars Comedy
Totally Tom


5 stars Comedy
The Magical Adventures of Pete Heat


5 stars Theatre
Bye Bye World


5 stars Comedy
Barbershopera: The Three Musketeers


5 stars Comedy
Truth


5 stars Theatre
The House of Shadows


5 stars Cabaret
Briefs


5 stars Theatre
Made for Each Other - Free


5 stars Comedy
Tony Law: Nonsense Overdrive


5 stars Comedy
Ivo Graham and Liam Williams


5 stars Comedy
Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff


5 stars Comedy
The Blanks' Big Break


5 stars Theatre
A Clockwork Orange


5 stars Comedy
Richard Wiseman: Psychobabble


5 stars Comedy
Martin Mor: A Man You Donít Meet Everyday


5 stars Theatre
1984


5 stars Comedy
Swedenborg, the Devil and Me


5 stars Theatre
The Trench


5 stars Theatre
Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut


5 stars Theatre
Joyced!


5 stars Theatre
An Evening With Dementia


5 stars Comedy
Scott Agnew: Tales of the Sauna


5 stars Theatre
Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke


5 stars Comedy
Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky


5 stars Comedy
The Horne Section - Live at the Grand!


5 stars Theatre
How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found


5 stars Theatre
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle


5 stars Theatre
Songs of Lear


5 stars Cabaret
Jonny Woo: Wonder Woo-Man


5 stars Comedy
Josie Long: Romance and Adventure


5 stars Comedy
10 Films With My Dad


5 stars Theatre
4.48 Psychosis


5 stars Theatre
As You Like It


5 stars Theatre
Appointment With The Wicker Man


5 stars Comedy
Jessie Cave: Bookworm


5 stars Comedy
Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels


5 stars Theatre
Hearts on Fire


5 stars Theatre
Rainbow


5 stars Comedy
Chris Dangerfield: Sex Tourist


5 stars Comedy
Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough


5 stars Theatre
Chatroom


5 stars Comedy
Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway


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I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You


5 stars Comedy
John Robertson - The Dark Room - Free


5 stars Kids'
Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger