ORGANISERS of the Ashbourne Festival are delighted with their latest signing.
Tim Bentinck – better know as David from radio soap The Archers – is booked to give a talk in Ashbourne during the festival, which will run from June 20 to July 6.
And you don't have to be a fan of the Archers to enjoy his whimsical show.
Tim – who is also 12th Earl of Portland – mixes anecdotes, impressions, comedy songs, video clips and "live lip-synch" with a demonstration of radio sound effects.
Tim is in great demand for ''Automated Dialogue Replacement'' or ADR, which covers most post-production sound replacement including lip-synching, dubbing, re-voicing and crowd work, or loop groups.
He said: "I started at Worldwide films working with Michael Bakewell, re-voicing from German and French into English.
"We did hundreds of episodes of ''Schwarzwald Klinik'', ''Derrick'' and others now long forgotten.
"We also did some crazy Japanese sitcoms, which were just impossible to synch properly.
"I was also fortunate enough to have worked on films with the inimitable Robert Rietti, who taught me that dubbing is not just technique, but a high art."
A spokesman for the festival organisers said: "You will have seen this hard-working in-demand actor playing Germans in D-Day, Enigma and Born and Bred, and playing toffs, villains, journalists, soldiers and politicians in Lead Balloon, Kingdom, Doctors, Silent Witness and many others.
"He has also appeared in several West End productions such as Pirates of Penzance, Arcadia and Night Must Fall.
"He has also starred in touring productions of Educating Rita, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, the Beaux Stratagem and Reluctant Heroes.
"You'll also no doubt have heard him in hundreds of TV and radio commercials, and of course as David Archer in The Archers for the last 26 years, and many leading roles in more than 70 radio plays."
Recent comments left by audiences have been enthusiastic in their praise. One wrote: "Delightful!
"Laughter, tears and lots of memories and so lovely to meet the man behind the voice."
Another wrote: "You gave the best one-person show we have seen at this theatre, and there have been quite a few."
Tim's show will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 7.30pm at St John's Church, Buxton Road.
Tickets cost £12.50 and will be available from mid-April online at www.ashbourne festival.org and the Visitor Information Centre at the back of the town hall.
Ashbourne Festival takes place every June and July and has hosted some of the best street theatre, musicians, comedians, artists and writers.
It is a cultural oasis in a town that is still relatively isolated from significant arts venues.