Set in the dark streets of New York, or was it Gotham City, Bane 2 is a one-man show performed with pace, flair, boundless energy and tongue firmly in cheek. This is the world of Sam Spade and film noir: hats pulled low, strong cigarettes, back allies and violence. Our hero, the mob enforcer, Bruce Bane, tumbles through a series of comic encounters with characters from the dark side of town: the snitch, the Russian mobster and his muscle, the fat Italian, the stairwell crazy, the backstreet quack and many others.
Each character was vividly brought to life by employing swift changes of voice, expression and gait â€“ a truly awe inspiring physical and artistic effort on the part of the main man, Joe Bone. The action was accompanied by a dark and brooding live acoustic guitar set, which both propelled the action and added to the fog of drama. With a cunning twist at the end, which made me realise how much Iâ€™d been sucked into the story, I was left wanting more of this dark and satisfying brew. Luckily the original version of Bane is being reprised as part of this yearâ€™s Fringe for a Fiver (where does he find the energy). There is also the promise of Bane 3 to come.
A great show. Recommended.
Bane 2 is showing at the Pleasance Dome until August 29th, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010 at 8.20pm. Â£9.50 a ticket.
The original Bane is showing at the GRV, Guthrie St, also until the August 29th at 5.40pm. Â£5 a ticket.