Monday 23rd October 2017

After a wonderful but busy summer doing Alan Bennett's The Lady in The Van for Jonathan Church at Bath Theatre Royal, I'm now back at home in London for the rest of this year before starting rehearsals for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em directed by Guy Unsworth which tours the UK in 2018. The screening of Endeavour series 5 is scheduled for late November/ early December and I had an incredible time working with Shaun Evans and Andy Wilson who made it a very memorable experience by their generosity and good humour. I've just finished recording three audio books The Monk and The Philosopher by Jean-Fran├žois Revel and Matthieu Ricard for Orion, Emigrants by James Evans and The Eustace Diamonds for Naxos which is due for publication later this year. Three audiobooks I recorded earlier this year are now released: Pendragon by James Wilde for Penguin Books, Cursed by Thomas Enger for Audible and The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy for Dreamworks. This month, I've managed to squeeze in a couple of ELT sessions with my old chums at D-Sound, Utopia Village and some ADR on a hilarious new film about football Early Man directed by Nick Park. Next week, I'm recording more of my regular Innkeeper character for Vermintide

I am so appreciative of how busy Niki, Faye, Mithra, Lawrence, David and Dom at Wintersons have kept me and I look forward to continuing a very happy, productive and fruitful professional relationship with Niki and her team. My voice work will still be managed by myself at this site and via the usual direct contact shown at the foot of this page.
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Also, I'm delighted to announce the commercial release of my fifth music collection Dreamfood which is available on www.itunes.com and, for the USA, www.cdbaby.com. This album features original instrumental acoustic guitar music referencing both the Mediterranean Lifestyle and a child's recollection of that iconoclastic decade of the 1960s. I hope you'll enjoy it: it was created specifically for that purpose. I'm sad not to have released it as a tangible cd  product: a lack of both storage facility and manufacturing costs have been the primary reasons that Dreamfood is only available as a 16 track MP3 download. Being a child of the 'Album' generation, I just have to accustom myself to the fact that we all experience music in a different format these days.

You can listen to Dreamfood here:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidshawparker2  and here: http://www.itunes.apple/gb/artist/david-shaw-parker/id151616876 
In the meantime, I remain yours truly, like most freelancers, at the beck and call of the laptop: dspvox@gmail.com and the telephone:  07930 335715. 

Best wishes, David
Computer games have come a long way since 'Breakout' - the table tennis based game I used to enjoy in the 1970s and are now a multi-billion dollar business. Voicing the different characters and narrating the adventures is something I've been involved in for a few years now and this is one of the most recent characters I've helped to create from the series Fable which I've been recording out at Shepperton.
The Complete Barchester Hexology by Anthony Trollope is now completed and available both online and in store and, if you wanted to treat yourself to the complete Barsetshire Immersion, you would be equipping yourself with no less than 106 CDs. If you multiply that by 74 minutes you will arrive at the total number of minutes of listening time. I wonder if that's longer than Proust? My thanks and congratulations to the newly retired Nicolas Soames and the wonderful Pippa Vaughan and John Foley for whom it has been a privilege to work. 
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Our recording of the first of Anthony Trollope's Palliser Novels will  available from the Naxos site in March followed by the already recorded Phineas Finn later in the year. Literally, hours of fun in the happy company of Peter, Becky, Norman, Chloe,  John and Sam from Motivation
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And finally, a generation - or two - further on, episodes of the The Brollys, - a children's series by the lovely Shirley Isherwood  which I 'story told' for the BBC - is cropping up on Youtube. I recorded these in Soho during 1989 and 1990 for Trevor Bond and Theresa Plummer Andrews. The thirteen episodes we made were shown on the BBC throughout the 1990s worldwide and provided me with my first 'voice' break. 
There is now a DVD available of our production of James Phillips' McQueen - it was a very special few months at the St. James Theatre and I'll never forget the fun we had.
The Man Who Knew Infinity is now available on DVD - I had two days in wonderful company and a masterclass opportunity to witness Jeremy Irons negotiating three props - umbrella, brief-case and letter -  in a long tracking shot with about a page and a half of dialogue. 
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Further to becoming involved in recording voices for computer game characters, I'm now doing more and more Film-Trailer voices and major villains. Here is the latest trailer for Has-Been Heroes for Frozenbyte. 
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Naxos Audiobooks will release Phineas Finn the second in The Pallisers series will be released in August.
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