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Bone Idle Productions


Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Bunker
AUG 3-13, 15-27 at 22:00 (60 min)
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The Townie Tavern is like any regular pub, except in this place regulars include a New Age Traveller, an Old Skool Raver, and a disgraced ex-Met Police Chief. With each of them working out their raison díÍtre, it makes for an interesting night in the saloon bar.

A fun-filled and silly character comedy show from character comedian and improviser James Bone, and featuring his very own sister Becky as the pub's resident cleaner Margaret. In these crazy times of uncertainty, TOWNIES proves how a even a complete bunch of misfits can come together and show we're all searching for the same things in life...although admittedly these guys have chosen slightly different journeys to the rest of us.

- "Think Little Britain."
- "Had people in stitches"

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November 18, 2016 Croydon Citizen
Townies: A Saturday evening on the silly side
As readers of the Croydon Citizen, Iím sure I donít need to tell you how good Matthews Yard is for a drink. But it was my first time in Theatre Utopia, and it was a really great setting for an evening of comedy.

Townies is fronted by James Bone and to sum it up in a few words, it was an hour of pretty silly humour. Luckily I like that (and the audience clearly did too), so that was fine by me.

Think more Little Britain than Have I Got News For You. Funny voices. OTT costumes. Eccentric characters. Which means if youíre after satirical, cutting humour, itís probably not for you.

The show consists of a set of short monologues from some of the characters that come by the Townie Arms in Croydon. To get you on the right sort of lines, one of them is an Australian man with bunny ears who digs his way here. We meet a few other characters along the way too (all played by James), with the pubís cleaner, Margaret, doing a solid job of tapping in while he makes some quick changes. (There was something a little Catherine Tate-ish about her.)

James was funniest when he was more self-aware. He had people in stitches when he acknowledged a Status Quo cover band doing a soundcheck next door. And, for me, the other points where he was improvising were probably his funniest. (Iíd watch him do an hour of that.)

If you donít like being put on the spot, donít sit in the front row
He also did an excellent job of getting the audience involved (and by that I mean getting more than one person on stage, more than once, and getting them to wear an array of props), without it feeling awkward. A word of warning then: if youíre not the sort of person who likes being put on the spot, maybe donít sit in the front row.

James also made a small acknowledgment of the previous weekís Croydon tram disaster. It was a very nice, respectful touch.

So, if youíre after a light-hearted hourís break, Iíd recommend seeing Townies next time it comes to town.
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