Slightly less-effective sequel to the classic noir pastiche
This article is from 2010.
You don’t have to have seen the original Bane to appreciate this sequel, but it couldn’t hurt – and when it’s showing down the street, just a few hours beforehand, for only a fiver, there’s very little reason not to. Little winks to the audience, such as repeated lines, identical music cues, mirrored scenarios and a special last-act cameo, will reward those who have seen the first instalment.
As before, Ben Roe provides the music, caressing melodies from his guitar with expert ease, while leading man Joe Bone does everything else, inhabiting up to four characters at a time and generating the sound effects of their world. Once again, it’s an impressive feat: every personality is easily identified on-stage, transitions turn on a dime, and a running gag about flashbacks is expertly pulled off without ever becoming tiresome. Where the show slips behind its predecessor is its desire to cast a wider net: while an extended homage to American Werewolf In London is absolutely pitch-perfect, it doesn’t fit within the film noir framing of the show; and there’s one unnecessarily crude scene which seems crow-barred into the show for the sake of a distasteful punch-line minutes later. These faults do not result in a bad show – this is still very enjoyable, on the whole– but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the real pay-off in Bane 3.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 23), £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8)