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

(*figures at May 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

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

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

The Herald of Sanguinius - short story

Resurrection

Resurrection
Warhammer 40,000

The Carrion Throne

The Carrion Throne
Warhammer 40,000

Pharos - audio book

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Maeterlinck: The Blind and The Intruder - Transfer

... a sunny and reasonably tranquil afternoon in May. I say 'reasonably tranquil' as the first hint of sunshine here in deepest Surrey, tends to bring out a desire in certain people to play with a seemingly endless variety of power tools - the gentle twitter of bird song doesn't stand a chance!

I'm taking a sneaky break from cold learning a shed load of lines for The Blind & The Intruder, mentioned previously on this web site, but in the context of other people taking part. If you've read the reviews I posted, you'll know that the overall production generated a very positive response from critics - The Guardian's Michael Billington was even moved to send out an enthusiastic 'tweet' about it. All this being the case, the two plays have been invited to extend their run by transferring to The Tabard Theatre in West London ( link: Tabard Theatre ).

One of the original cast members is unavailable for the transfer and I have accepted the challenge of taking over from him for the rest of the run.


Now, I like a challenge as much as the next enthusiastic actor and it's good to get out of one's comfort zone from time to time. When I first started acting in London Fringe Theatre at the beginning of my career several decades ago, I acquired a bit of a reputation for being able to pick up the reins of a show pretty quickly and learn the lines super fast. This brought me lots of work and some invaluable experience; however, it's been a while since I've had to assimilate so much in such a relatively short time and I think it fair to say that I've well and truly left anything that might be described as my 'comfort zone'!

Tarquin Productions in association with the Tabard Theatre presents:


THE BLIND & THE INTRUDER
by Maurice Maeterlinck

Two plays. Two views of the world.
One terrifying subject: the blindness of humankind to the
mysteries of our existence
.

Following a sell out and critically acclaimed run at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, The Blind & The Intruder transfers to the Tabard Theatre for a limited two week run prior to a national tour.

“A fascinating collector's item... you can detect the influence on
the work of Beckett.”

Michael Billington - The Guardian


THE BLIND places us amongst a group of blind people in a wasteland, abandoned by their guide, searching for any clues to their whereabouts. Lost, lonely and scared, they are prepared to put their faith in anyone - or anything - that may help them, even if they cannot see the consequences of their actions.

THE INTRUDER follows a household in crisis. As the Mother lies ill after childbirth and the family sit waiting for any news, the blind Grandfather hears a presence amongst them that none of the family can see. As the presence becomes more noticeable, are there greater forces at work than merely an old man's imagination?
 
Maurice Maeterlinck's 1911 Nobel laureateship cited THE BLIND and THE INTRUDER as two of his seminal works. A proponent of the Symbolist movement, with an unprecedented awareness of the human condition enveloped in a black sense of humour, Maeterlinck's simple but effective style of writing is rarely performed in the UK.

Directed by Benji Sperring & Rachel Illingworth


Tarquin Productions

@Tarquin_UK


As well as that, I've also got a couple of Dr Who stories to work on for Big Finish later this month and some other things which will take up the few seconds of time I might have left over. I keep telling myself that it's good to be busy, goodness knows, I moan about being not busy, however, I 'm just hoping that I haven't bitten off more than I can chew...

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WARHAMMER 40,000

Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over 7 books recorded since December, John Banks has had to create unique voices for 583 characters. Quite amazing!

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.