When Joe Bone climbed on stage, with no props, no sets and no volunteers to assist him, the crowd looked at their watches wondering how long he could pull off this solo act. And that was the last time the crowd ever got diverted from the man in a long black coat and trousers again. He aptly calls himself Bruce Bane — pun intended, of course.
A welcome respite at the start of a busy week, Bane by Evam led the audience into a guffaw-filled Tuesday evening at the Savera Hotel. The one-man musical-comedy-drama was an Edinburgh Fringe sell-out for a reason. Joe Bone played a crazy 140 characters and his accompanist, Ben Roe sat humbly, playing the right notes on his guitar, as the narration progressed at a dramatic pace. Incidentally, the 60-minute production holds the Guinness Record for ‘Maximum characters played by a single actor’.
Like the intermittent canned laughter played during TV comedies, the audience laughed when Joe expected laughter, and listened when Joe expected attention. More so, because they saw a comic version of their much-adored superhero, Bruce Wayne in Bruce Bane.
The play continued with Bane trying to find his killer before it was too late. While the audience knew it was Harvey (courtesy The Dark Knight) — Bane combined Hollywood trademarks with sharp theatrical techniques to track his killer. Not to forget the live music and hilarious physical action, with Joe climbing the stairs on a static location, moving his hands to denote a flashback, or mimicking the opening and jarring of doors.
And for those who were eager to see the half-burnt face of Dent, it was a treat to see Joe’s face, miraculously turned with stretched lips and narrowed eyes. We’re not quite sure how he did it, but the crowd certainly couldn’t get enough!