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 more than 270* audio-drama stories with Big Finish Productions, together with The Black Library/Games Workshop, details of which can be found in the postings below.
There are also details listed here of the 187* audio books & stories I've recorded since March 2013, including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including audible.co.uk, Hachette, Audible Studios, Podium Audio Publishing, HarperCollins, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.
(*figures at April 2020)
I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Huge thanks to all who made Big Finish Day 5 such a thoroughly enjoyable day and a great success. There was a fabulous atmosphere and everyone seemed to be having a good time; some people had gone to great lengths with a variety of Doctor Who themed costumes and there was even a remote control version of K-9. It was lovely to meet so many dedicated BF fans, to have a chat and sign CD Covers, books, posters and prints.
Survivors Series 1 seems to have been very well received and our Q&A panel was lively and fun. A particular delight for me was meeting Carolyn Seymour, who played Abby Grant in the original television series. Despite appearing in the first Survivors audio recording, Carolyn and I had never actually been in the studio at the same time; yesterday we were sitting next to each other for most of the day and chatted away like old pals. The scripts for the second series of Survivors have now arrived and I can only say that they are amazing and I can't wait to meet up with the rest of the company to start working on them.
A final 'thank you' once again to all who worked so hard to make yesterday such a great success, to the guys at BF for inviting me, to Betty from Prague for making the journey, to Derek and the 10th planet events team and to the young lady who gave me a 3D version of the Survivors cover art -fab!
A post panel photo of some of the Survivors team:
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Here are some details:
A bizarre manifestation in the Control Room forces the TARDIS onto the Plutonian shores of the irradiated world Nevermore, whose sole inhabitant is the war criminal Morella Wendigo – a prisoner of this devastated planet. But the Doctor and his new companion aren’t Morella’s only visitors. Senior Prosecutor Uglosi fears the arrival of an assassin, after the blood of his prize prisoner. An assassin with claws…
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
I must confess that I didn't know very much at all about Pathfinder Legends until quite recently and now I've discovered a whole new world of possibility and adventure. Here's a very brief 'infomercial' from Big Finish:
In the sleepy coastal town of Sandpoint, evil is brewing. An attack by crazed goblins reveals the shadows of a forgotten past returning to threaten the town - and perhaps all of Varisia.
My story is the fourth in this continuing arc and in it, I'm playing a Stone Giant. There are more stories to come over the next several months and I'm keen to listen to them all. So far, I've only heard the first instalment, Burnt Offerings, which I enjoyed very much. I really need to set aside some time to listen properly to the others in the series before Episode 4 becomes available...
Here's a brief synopsis of the story and some magnificent cover art:
A sudden assault on the town of Sandpoint by stone giants and a dragon brings the looming threat home. Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros learn that attack was just a scouting party, that the stone giants are massing for war. The only way to disrupt their advance is to strike at the Jorgenfist, the fortress of Warlord Mokmurian, the sinister giant responsible for gathering his people for war.
Next to feature on my list of updates is Big Finish Day 5, which I'm very much looking forward to:
If you've been to one of the previous Big Finish Day Conventions, I hope you'll agree with me that they are very well organised and enormously enjoyable. I'm fortunate to have been invited as a guest to Day 5 and I look forward to meeting lots of very enthusiastic Big Finish fans. Legendary Doctor Who the Fourth, in the guise of Tom Baker, will be appearing at the convention and perhaps as a consequence of such a major star taking part, I understand that tickets for the event are completely sold out and have been for some time.
Madge: Yes, oh yes!
Fred and Madge are a normal married couple. Or so we think until a director and an audience member interrupt, fast-forwarding, editing and reworking this play within a play. Delightfully ambitious, the play includes the destruction of the Royal Festival Hall, professional insulters who indulge in ‘protest laughter’ to purify civilization, a dystopian England overgrown with marigolds. It is full of typically Ortonesque biting satire, astute social insight and liberal amounts of absurdism and wit. Fred’s job is to push boulders up a hill; Madge’s is to sieve water. The play offers a fascinating glimpse of the young Orton developing into the playwright he was to become.
Joe Orton came from a working-class family in Leicester. He won a scholarship to RADA where he met his lover and lifelong companion Kenneth Halliwell with whom he lived until 1967 when Halliwell murdered him and then killed himself. His work includes Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot and What The Butler Saw. In 1978 John Lahr’s biography of Orton was published, along with Up Against It his screenplay for The Beatles, which was made into a musical in the late 80s. In the last decade the early novels (Between Us Girls, Lord Cucumber and The Boy Hairdresser) written by Orton / Orton and Halliwell were published.
In October 2014 his very first play will be performed for the very first time at The Hope Theatre 47 years after his death.
Reviews & comments:
Mr. Banks does superb work, and I recommend the audiobooks wholeheartedly!
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
...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
...also features the mind - bogglingly versatile and reliable John Banks
Jonathan Morris - writer
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
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)
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