A sleepy suburban house in Watford. 6 people, 2 cats and a selection of food. This can mean only one thing: Action Science Theatre has begun.
First step: tea.
Next, time for a read-through. Already problems. Science Brian wants to change things; as a result Producer Dan wants to have him thrown out. We clear the air and continue…
A physical push is required in the script. A cast member is almost thrown from the sofa.
The word “I’m” causes an unexpected problem. Resolved with a change to the script. The writers promise to avoid cunningly simple words in the future.
Now doing some initial recordings. Producer Dan seems to think people struggle to behave themselves when put in front of a microphone. Not sure where he gets that idea from.
Time for more tea.
Producer Dan feels we may be here some time. He despairs.
Height problems for the cast: one has to stand on a box to reach the microphone. Laughing at this is banned.
Some excellent voices emerge, including a squeaky old lady. Listen out for that one.
Time for some physicality. How do you make it sound like someone’s being dragged across the room? Simple. Drag them across the room.
Still no roles for the cats. They look completely oblivious to this.
The day draws on. Everyone starts getting hungry. Do they have Indian takeaways in Watford? Turns out they do.
Episode 1 is in the bag! Just have to leave Producer Dan to do all the editing. He doesn’t mind; he has nothing else to do.