ASSASSIN'S CREED

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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

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, 9 February 2017

A Perfect Machine

And so, February and this year of 2017 moves on apace and new audio recordings are being released; sometimes in a bit of a flurry, like last month and sometimes quite gradually, like this month.

The first audio release of February is my audio book version of a sci-fi novel by Brett Savory, 'A Perfect Machine' and here are some details from the publisher, audible.co.uk:




"Henry Kyllo is a Runner, a member of a secret society called the Inferne Cutis. Every day he is chased through the city by Hunters whose goal is to fill him with bullets. It is a secret war steeped in history, tradition, and mutual fear.



Rumours abound about what happens when a Runner achieves ascension, but it has supposedly never happened before, so no one knows for sure. Except that it has happened before. And it is happening again. This time to Henry Kyllo."

 

Written by Brett Savory 
& Produced by Neil Gardner




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It's curious sometimes how publishing schedules progress. Rather like Assassin's Creed, A Perfect Machine was produced to an incredibly tight deadline; recording, editing and publishing all occurring within a couple of weeks. In contrast, the production of the NRSV Bible has already taken two years or so and despite the actual recording only taking up eighteen studio days, it still seems no closer to a release date.

For some reason, I quite like working to tight schedules; less time to 'out-think' myself in terms of preparation perhaps, just go with the flow and trust my instincts. At the moment, I'm preparing to narrate two fascinating audio books and it all seems very lazy and relaxed, because I don't have to be in studio to record them until next month; what a luxury!




The next thing I want to mention in this posting is a piece of very welcome and gratifying news, which I became aware of earlier today. It seems that the Big Finish production of Doctor Who: Only The Monstrous, has been nominated for an Audio Publishers Association (USA) 'Audie Award' in the Audio Drama category - yay!




In fact, another Big Finish box-set recording that I took part in, The Tenth Doctor Adventures, has also been nominated, although alas, not the story I performed in. However, two bites of the Awards 'cherry' might be regarded as being greedy and I'm just pleased and proud to have been involved in both of these adventures.




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I must end this update on a sad note. During the past couple of weeks, two acting colleagues have passed away; Gorden Kaye, with whom I worked on two series of 'Allo, 'Allo for the BBC in the late '80's and Sir John Hurt, with whom I worked much more recently on Only The Monstrous.

When I first met Gorden, I was much younger and quite in awe of him as the star of a hugely popular comedy series. When I worked with John Hurt, I barely slept the night before recording. They were different people and performers in very many ways, but both were immensely kind and generous to me and within minutes of starting work, I felt comfortable and relaxed with them and able to do my job.

I feel proud and privileged to have worked with two such fabulous actors and I am grateful to both.
























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...all for now, more just as 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


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