ASSASSIN'S CREED

ASSASSIN'S CREED
January 2017

Hello...

...I'm John Banks - welcome to my website.

The majority of my working life has been spent in the theatre with companies including
York Theatre Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Crucible, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre in London.

Television work includes Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and 'Allo, Allo!'. I have also worked on a number of radio drama and comedy productions with the BBC.

Since March 2009, I have enjoyed playing a huge variety of characters in numerous audio-drama stories for Big Finish Productions and Games Workshop, for whom I have performed in over 200 audio dramas*, details of which can be found in the postings below.


There are also details listed here of the more than 100 audio books* I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including audible.co.uk, Hachette, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at November 2017)

I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.


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Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Assassin's Creed

Blackshields

Blackshields
The False War

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015

The Harrowing - short story

Catherine, David & me as Gully......

Catherine, David & me as Gully......
May 2016

The Emperor's Legion

The Emperor's Legion
Watchers of The Throne

The Long Night - short story

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Old enemies, new adventures...

Oh, such excitements to come! Although I'm currently feeling a bit buried by work - in a good way - I've decided to take a quick break from the mountain of line learning I have left to do for next week's opening of The Blind and The Intruder, so that I can post this 'teaser' information about a Dr Who audio recorded last July, The King of Sontar. I remember this as being a thoroughly enjoyable project with a great script, a wonderful cast and lots of laughs in the 'green room'. We did actually do some work believe it or not and I'm keenly looking forward to hearing the finished story.

This is my third Sontaran adventure and second with the fantastic Dan Starkey, who, for me and many others, is the definitive Sontaran voice; it's a great thrill to hear his voice in the studio through the headphones and always brings a huge grin to my face - which isn't always appropriate of course. I think it comes from a sense that with Dan on board in full Sontaran mode, we're onto a winner and that's always a good feeling.

And so, without further preamble, this is what Big Finish have said about The King of Sontar:


They're back! The Sontarans return for the first release in our third series of full cast audiobook adventures starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor - and here's the cover!




Dowcra base. The third Elite Sontaran Assassination Squad closes in on its target. A dozen trained killers, but even they will be unable to bring down the invincible Strang…

Manipulated by the Time Lords, the TARDIS also arrives on Dowcra. And the Doctor is set to encounter the greatest Sontaran ever cloned...


Doctor Who: The King of Sontar leads the third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, starring Tom Baker as the Doctor (on screen 1974-1981) and Louise Jameson as Leela, his TV companion back in 1977 and 1978.

The pair are joined by a cracking cast for the story, including Sapphire & Steel alumnus David Collings, David Seddon, Jenny Funnell, legendary Big Finish stalwart John Banks and, of course, the wonderful Dan Starkey, TV and audio Sontaran extraordinaire, as the regal Strang.



Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

The King of Sontar is scheduled for release in January 2014 

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I mentioned above that there were 'excitements to come' and indeed there are! As well as everything else going on at the moment, I'm also currently recording a fascinating Dr Who story with a truly brilliant cast and had a wonderful day in the studio yesterday working with a couple of genuine Dr Who legends. Recording concludes on Monday when I'll be working with yet another legendary actor and star of classic tv Dr Who - such a privilege!

But even that isn't main source of my excitement. Unfortunately, I'm not able to reveal more at the moment although I hope you'll believe me when I say there are some amazing things to come - "such stuff as dreams are made on"...

However, for the moment...
 " Our revels now are ended. 
These our actors, 
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:"

I must also now melt away and get back to learning lines!

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Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over the course of this 8 book series, the amazing John Banks has had to create and voice 648 distinct characters!

Neil Gardner - producer

Mervyn Stone: The Axeman Cometh


John Banks is a voice genius...

Nev Fountain - writer

Mervyn Stone... played by the note-perfect John Banks.

Matt Hills - Reviews in Time and Space

Dr. Who: The Sleeping City

I also must draw attention to John Banks who is an exceptional voice artist and in this one story performs more characters that I can count. ... it is listening to episodes like this one that really do let his talents shine through.

Tony Jones - Red Rocket Rising

Highlander:

...playing several parts, was the brilliant Big Finish regular John Banks - it was as if there were about 40 different actors in the other booth.

James Moran - writer

I went for the best of the best and brought in voice artiste extraordinaire John Banks.

Paul Spragg - producer

Vienna:

...also features the mind - bogglingly versatile and reliable John Banks

Jonathan Morris - writer

Dead Funny:

The acting is first rate… wonderfully played by John Banks as Richard – his impersonation of Eric Morecambe is worth the admission money alone.

Beverly Greenberg: Bolton Evening News

A Spy Like No Other:

This is the best audio book ever.

The Cult Den

Mr. Happiness:

This early and unfamiliar play by David Mamet is a character study of a 1930s radio counsellor, dispensing suave advice to his devoted listeners. John Banks brings out the wry comedy of this – comedy quite unappreciated by the character – with a clever range of gesture and vocal tone.

Jeremy Kingston: The Times


All My Sons:

This is a beautifully crafted piece ...and it affords a wonderful opportunity for John Readman* to do his All-American Boy act as Chris Keller. This most polished and well observed performance as the blighted son of a blighted father must rank as one of his finest accomplishments yet. ( * see Profile)

The Stage

The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

Kudos should also go to John Banks. Lestrade can be a thankless part, but Banks rose to the challenge, playing a pivotal role in this decades long arc.

Raissa Devereux - SciFiPulse

The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes

John Banks is multi-tasking, both as the superb Lestrade and also the villainous and no doubt moustache twirling Sebastian Moran. They sound completely different and I bow to his talent.

Sue Davies - SFcrowsnest


Further reviews and comments are included with specific postings throughout the site.