Blaise Doran

A versatile narrator, able to cover many styles. Originally English, now also Australian, I can comfortably narrate in both accents.

I am a dual Australian and British national.  My schooling was in Yorkshire and I lived in London for 20 years before I migrated to Australia in 2006. I currently live in Melbourne.

I trained as an actor in London at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA, now defunct), graduating in 1989. 
My training included voice acting and microphone techniques.

While an actor in the UK, almost all my work was in theatre. This included roles in productions of Shakespeare (King Lear, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet) and Marlowe (Edward II).  I appeared in productions of modern classics and adaptations of novels (The Plough and the Stars, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Kes.)  I have also performed in musicals and traditional pantomimes (Pacific Overtures, Piaf, Privates on Parade, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty.) 

All these experiences have contributed to the versatility of my voice acting capabilities. I have included demo readings below (all around 2 minutes long) all of which were recorded in my home recording space. (They have all been engineered to meet the standards required for Amazon/Audible/ACX audio requirements.)

If you like what you hear, contact me to discuss your project.

Excerpt from "Dirt Music" by Tim Winton (Fiction, Australian; 3rd person narration.) NB - Demo only. I have not narrated this novel.
Excerpt from "He Died with His Eyes Open" by Derek Raymond. (Crime Fiction, English, Estuary/generic London; 1st person narration.) NB - Demo only. I have not narrated this novel.
Excerpt from "Snow" by Orhan Pamuk; transl. Maureen Freely. (Fiction, English, RP; 3rd person narration.) NB - Demo only. I have not narrated this novel.
Excerpt from "Trouble Brewing" by Nick Steel (Lit RPG Fiction, Australian; narrating all characters.) A short story in "The System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology II"
Excerpt from "A Kestrel For a Knave" by Barry Hines. (Fiction, English, Yorkshire; predominantly 3rd person narration.) NB - Demo only. I have not narrated this novel.
Excerpt from "DBT Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide to Dialectical Behavior Therapy" by Sheri Van Dijk. (Non-fiction, English, RP; 3rd person narration. NB - Demo only. I have not narrated this non-fiction book.

Accents and Dialects

Generic Accents

Generic Accents are stereotypical or slightly over-the-top accents where regional accuracy is less important than interesting characterisation. Often used in settings not based in reality, eg, Dystopian, Futuristic, Virtual Reality, Alien, Fantasy, Children’s Literature.

Languages

Accent/Language Help for Other Narrators

Record lines in native accent / dialect for other narrators to copy:

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Audiobooks narrated by Blaise Doran

Measure for Measure; Shakespeare
Merchant of Venice; Shakespeare
Jane Eyre; Charlotte Brontë
As You Like It; Shakespeare
Comedy of Errors; Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Shakespeare
Wuthering Heights; Charlotte Brontë
A System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology, Vol II

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