Channel Arts – The Nigel Bank’s Productions | Go-Back-A-Page

Channel Radio Arts Hour plays are written, produced and directed by Nigel Banks, who has spent the last 35 years acting, writing, producing and teaching drama both here and around the world.

On this page you can ‘Listen Again’ to the first two productions.

The first to be broadcast, Wigs and Knickers – is a humorous but sensitive play dealing with the difficult subject of breast cancer. It was so well received by listeners it was been given an early Channel Radio repeat slot shortly after. We have had so many requests for a Listen Again area for these fine productions we are pleased to say that this is now done.

Nigel was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1951. His parents were both teachers and also actors at the local Little Theatre. His father also had an alternative career as a broadcaster and actor in many BBC Radio dramas and features. After retirement from teaching he became a fully professional actor on stage, TV and screen.

Nigel was educated at Bolton School, and after graduating he also became a teacher. He worked in schools in West Yorks and then Cumbria. It was while living in Kendal that the “theatre bug” bit him, and between 1977 and 1988 he was involved in over 50 productions at the Brewery Arts Centre as both an actor and director.

Between 1988 and 1991 he was Head of English and Drama at the British School of Milan in Italy.

On his return to Cumbria he taught at a small school in the Lake District, while also resuming his theatrical activities at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. The high point of this period was a production of Hamlet, which he adapted, directed and played two small roles. This production was taken to India and performed in two different theatres in Mumbai.

In 1996 Nigel moved to Kent and joined Playcraft, a Canterbury based drama group. He played the title roles in Macbeth and An Inspector Calls as well as Lucky in Waiting for Godot.

After doing supply teaching at schools in Canterbury, he took up a permanent teaching post at Dover Girls’ Grammar School in 1999, becoming Head of Drama there in 2001. The following year he co-founded Ashcan Theatre Company with four other like-minded souls, who wanted to stage small-scale, challenging yet entertaining plays in the East Kent area. The company is still in existence and has presented work by writers such as Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov and Neil Labute, to name but a few.

In 2009 following a chance remark by an Ashcan colleague, Nigel wrote his first play Vacant Possession, which the company premiered at The Farmhouse in Canterbury in October 2010. Another of his plays Wigs and Knickers was premiered at the same venue in March 2011, and has subsequently been adapted for radio. Channel Radio first broadcast it on Sunday March 24th 2013.

Wigs and Knickers by Nigel Banks
Daddy’s Girls by Nigel Banks
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