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I SPY COMEDY
Discover the stories of hit-man Bruce
Bane over a trilogy of shows at Enlighten
and Canberra Comedy Festival.
Hard-living hitman a big hit
While attending university in the UK,
Joe Bone developed an alter ego called
But he never anticipated the gritty
hitman character would lead him to
forge an award-winning international
"Bane smokes 50 a day, has a low
drawl American accent and he drinks
Old Crow whisky -- to me that was the
epitome of cool," Bone said.
"He's a character that shoots first
and asks questions later, who gets the
ladies with the click of his fingers,
who doesn't take any s**t from
anybody and who exists in the world
of cinema, leaping from action
sequence to action sequence."
Bane Trilogy, is a three-part series
of comedy shows. The first two shows
will hit the stage during Enlighten and
the last show of the series will run as
part of the Canberra Comedy Festival
"We're humbled to be part of both,"
"We've never been to Canberra
either, so it's going to be extra special."
Audiences will enjoy each of the
show's tongue-in-cheek silliness but
equally be entranced by how Bone,
with musical accompaniment from
Ben Roe, creates an almost cinematic
parody without any sets or props.
Bone said generating a theatrical
world for the audience to step into and
enjoy was essential.
"I never forget that Ben is there [on
stage] next to me, he's so vital to the
show and our timings have to be right
in sync," he said.
"For the audience however, they
regularly forget Ben is there.
If Ben disappears, then his job is
being done perfectly.
The music should surround the
audience and compliment the action,
rather than take away from it."
Aptly-timed sound effects and
atmospheric music bring the
adventures of Bane to life, but Bone
said acting out every aspect demanded
focus and could be testing physically
"I have to act out jumping from tall
buildings, running through busy
streets whilst playing 18 characters,"
Throw in a 15-minute car chase
sequence at the beginning of the finale
show, Bane 3, and you've got a tough
"It's the toughest section in the
show," he said. "It's probably Ben's
most taxing tune on the guitar too so
we've both got our work cut out. I'm
so out of shape I can black out after
that bit sometimes."
For something out of the ordinary, a
sort of Die Hard meets Naked Gun,
check out Bane Trilogy.
Shows can be seen separately, in
any order, or as the full trilogy.
Tickets and packages are available
1 Legendary comedian Billy
Connolly will have
crowds at the National
Convention Centre giggling
on Thursday from 8pm. The
hilarious Scotsman is
bringing his High Horse Tour
to the capital. For tickets,
head to ticketek.com.au
2 Enjoy Opera by
Candlelight this weekend
at Albert Hall. Exquisite
music, food and wine are in
store for crowds on Friday
from 7.30pm and on
Saturday and Sunday from
5.30pm. All seats $80,
including wine and nibbles.
To book visit opera
3 American alternative
rock legend J Mascis is
returning to Canberra for a
special sideshow at the
Street Theatre on
Wednesday from 8pm.
Dinosaur Jr frontman
J Mascis was last in Australia
for a run of festival shows in
2012. Check him out while
you can. Tickets $49. Box
office opens one-and-a-half
hours before the show.
4 The adrenalin-charged
spectacular Nitro Circus
Live will light up Canberra's
GIO Stadium on Saturday
from 4.30pm. Action sports
star Travis Sastrana is back in
Australia and will join 40
fellow freestyle motocross,
BMX and skate stars at the
event. Visit ticketek.com.au
for ticket information.
5 Security dilemmas and
the US-Japan strategic
alliance are under the
microscope at this year's
Harold White fellow
presentation led by
professor Nikki Kersten.
Indulge your intellect at the
free event held at the
National Library of Australia
on Wednesday from 5.30pm.
Book via: nla.gov.au/event/
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