International play Bane goes desi

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 5:00am IST Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 7:05pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

We have seen many thrillers, comedies and satires on stage but it will be the first time when Mumbaikars would be able to witness global award winning silly, playful, dark and fun characters — all played by one man Joe Bone — on stage.

Rib tickling
Bone, who holds a record for playing the most number of characters in a single play on stage, explains, “Bane is comedy storytelling. It’s about a hitman who finds himself the target and he’s got to find out who’s trying to kill him before it’s too late.” Bane is a one-man and one-musician play that follows comical gunslinger Bruce Bane, as he goes about his shadowy business in the city. “It’s one guy telling the story, playing all the characters and another guy sound tracking with a finger picked acoustic guitar,” adds Bone.

Strings attached
While Bone plays all the characters, Ben Roe plays all the music. “Music adds so much to the atmosphere and to the audiences overall enjoyment. It can also foreshadow moments and increase the tension,” he says. The play covers a range of cinematic styles, and parodies them for comic effect. “It’s about a hitman so the issues we’re taking up are tongue-in-cheek and used to make the audience enjoy the telling of the story as much as the story itself,”

India connect
This is Bone’s first performance in the country. He admits that he has not read Indian literature nor has any clue of the theatre scene here. “But I hear it’s wonderful. Can’t wait to get into them and get going!” he says excitedly. The shows have won the pair multiple awards and critical success, with development of a graphic novel, DVD and cross media platforms all in the works. Bane also has a Portuguese version running in Brazil! And though right now India will see only the first part of the trilogy Bane, Bone plans to bring the other two parts to the country soon.

When and where: February 14 at St Andrews Auditorium, Bandra from 7.30pm onwards


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