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 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.


For all posts, reviews and audio samples, please scroll down...

Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Assassin's Creed

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015

The Harrowing - short story

Resurrection

Resurrection
Warhammer 40,000

The Carrion Throne

The Carrion Throne
Warhammer 40,000

The Long Night - short story

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

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

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas 2015

So this is Christmas - 2015 style.

December has been unusually busy for me, although miraculously, apart from one much coveted job which unfortunately clashed with another, everything somehow found its place and all the various pieces of work fitted together perfectly.

I've thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of this month's recording work, which includes six audio-books, four audio-dramas and a voice over for an educational project. In all honesty, I did initially wonder whether I'd bitten off more than I could chew, but with the supportive collaboration of some highly professional colleagues, it all worked out very well. I must particularly thank producer Niel Gardner, who helped me to record an audio book in three days rather than the scheduled five by suggesting we work all day till late at night and over a weekend - what a team!

Most audio drama scripts and books are now usually sent to me online in pdf format rather than as printed texts. I then mark them up and read from my i-pad in the studio. Although I have been and will be working from pdf copies for this epic new series of fantasy audio books that Neil and I have embarked upon, the publisher has also sent paperback editions of the books. They arrived a couple of days ago in a small crate and without revealing details of what they are, I've posted a photo of them here.

Seeing the actual books and appreciating in a physical sense the sheer volume of words to be recorded, let alone character voices to come up with, presents itself as a bit of a daunting prospect to say the least. The first book of the seven volume saga has been recorded (that's what we were doing in our very intensive three days in the studio) and will be released in February as far as I know. In addition to continuing with those books, there's also a book, drama and drama narration to prepare for Games Workshop. Think I'd better get on with some reading over the holidays!

In the midlle of all this new year activity, there's Big Finish Day 8 which I'm very much looking forward to; if you plan to go along, do come and say 'hello'.


In the meantime, thank you for stopping by this web site over the last year, your support is much appreciated. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a fantastic 2016!


...all for now, more just a s soon as it happens!

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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.