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 250* audio-drama stories for Big Finish Productions and The Black Library/Games Workshop, details of which can be found in the postings below.
There are also details listed here of the 150* 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 October 2018)
I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.
Monday, 16 February 2015
John Dorney adapted the original television scripts for audio, Ken Bentley directed and the series producer is David Richardson.
I've written extensively in previous postings about The Avengers series, which I love and am very proud of, so I'll limit myself now to simply congratulating all of those involved at Big Finish as well as fellow cast members - bravo!
The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Monday, 2 February 2015
...well, sadly, not Survivors this time. Yesterday, Messrs Richardson, Bentley, Fitton and me went along to the 2015 BBC Audio Drama Awards ceremony and despite coming second or third in our category (we had made it to a short list of three), had a very festive time, attempting as we did, to at least recoup the value of the BBC License Fee in Prosecco and cheesy straws - not an easy task, but one we warmed to as the evening progressed. MC for the evening was Lenny Henry, who really did a fabulous job and was genuinely warm and witty.
Congratulations to all finalists and winners; I am of course especially proud of the whole team who created and worked on Survivors, it certainly ranks as one of the very best things I've done in any medium. My particular thanks to David Richardson, for not only inviting me to last night's event via the BBC, but also for having conceived the idea of Survivors as audio drama and for having created the character Daniel Connor for me to play - an honour and a privilege indeed!
It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs lives with his parents on the Suffolk coast. Life is quiet - shaped by the seasons. Then one day a mysterious Scotsman arrives, looking for all the world like Sherlock Holmes. Mac is what the locals call him as they whisper. But Mac isn’t a detective, he’s the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and together with his red haired artist wife, they soon become a source of fascination and wonder to Thomas.
I'm currently preparing a fascinating biographical audio book for RNIB and also back in studio to record more Big Finish adventures over the next few weeks.
Reviews & comments:
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
...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
A Spy Like No Other:
This is the best audio book ever.
The Cult Den
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