The making of…

Florence Nightingale - That girl got lamp

Florence Nightingale was born, by some amazing coincidence, in the city of Florence, Italy on 12 May 1820. She was the second daughter of parents with enough money that they could name their children whatever they wanted. Her elder sister was called Parthenope. So there you go.

A photo of Florence Nightingale

She got Flo

Her mother wanted Florence to marry a rich man, because she was very progressive. However Florence was a devout Christian, and when she was 17 she felt God was calling her to serve him. Possibly bringing him a lovely cup of tea.

At first Florence wasn’t sure how God wanted her to serve (sugar?), but by 1844 she was convinced she was to nurse the sick. Her parents, William and Frances were horrified because at that time nursing was definitely not a respectable job! Nurses were often drunk and conditions in hospitals were dreadful. Nothing changes, huh? Huh? Amirite?!

Vote for us! Please! Go on!

Audio Verse Awards Finalist 2015Good news! We’ve been shortlisted in 3 categories in the 2015 Audio Verse Awards!

This is recognition for the sheer amount of nonsense we manage to cobble together every month in the name of entertainment.

Specifically, we’ve been nominated for:

  • Best Original Anthology/Variety Show
  • Best Original Short-Form, Serial Comedy
  • Best Original, Short-Form, Small Cast, Serial Production

And, as it’s nearly Christmas (nearly) we’d like to ask you for a present. We’d like you to vote for us. Please. Go on. Do it.

  1. Go to the Audio Verse Awards website
  2. Sign in somehow (there are options)
  3. Vote for who you like (you do have to pick one in every category – so if you haven’t heard of any of them just choose at random or something – but make sure you vote for Action Science Theatre!)
  4. Feel good about yourself for the rest of the day!

We interrupt this programme for an announcement

Hello dear blog reader / podcast listener  / audio drama aficionado,

We have a small announcement to make. Due to commitments from all AST members we have taken the decision to go on hiatus for a few months. Those of you used to getting an episode every month will, no doubt, be disappointed, confused and possibly very angry about this. May we suggest perhaps you have a nice cup of tea?

There we are, that’s better isn’t it?

So, thank you for listening / reading over the past 2 years. We hope when we do return you’ll continue to enjoy AST – like you’d enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass on a summers day.

See you soon (well we wont see you, obviously).

VIVA AST!

This is an April fool

We are delighted to announce that next week sees the launch Action Science TV. This joint venture between ourselves and Sky will bring an air of disappointing excitement to the Saturday evening schedules. And the rest of the time too.

Highlights of the Spring / Summer season include:

  • Semi-Pro Wrestling – with scientists from history (dead scientists parts played by actual wrestlers)
  • The Professor Brian Cox Minute
  • Punch, Punch, Kick, Kick – Neil Degrasse Tyson painstakingly describes his favourite action films, moment by moment
  • In Space No One can Hear you Bream – Science Brian examines the popularity of fishing in space
  • First Degree CERNs – Hilarious footage (sent in by viewers) of people using particle accelerators to open cans and bottles (£200 paid per clip, no means no)

You’ll be able to catch ASTV on Sky channel 3.1415926535897932, maths fans.

Editing Episode 19 - Looping the Loop

The thing with Action Dan and Science Brian, is that they don’t half go on. And on. But the thing with sound effects is that they don’t necessarily go on long enough to cope with ol’ Blather and Blarney over there. So when a sound effect falls short or runs out midway through a scene, it needs to be strung out somehow. And this is where looping comes in.

Box lid from the Loopin' Louie board game

In this game, the players must protect their chickens from the wild meanderings of a maniac in a monoplane. Editing AST is exactly like this in every way.

Editing Episode 15 - The Reluctant Technologist

Why? What possible reason could I have to go and stand in a field in Wales for two days? It’ll be raining and there’ll be sheep and hippies and people who haven’t bathed, and there’ll also be Action Dan and Science Brian (aka. all of the above). You are kidding, right? There is no way on Earth that I would ever, ever, produce a live podcast at Green Man festival.

Screenshot of AST's page on the Green Man website

The evidence…
(screenshot gratuitously stolen from greenman.net)

Wait – how did I get here? Ergh – get that unwashed science hippy-sheep away from me…

*sigh*

The Odyssey of AST

Arizona State Route 98

This is NOT, repeat NOT the way we went.

What a merry band, were we,
Who set off in the name of AST,
On stage, we were set to perform,
In foreign lands, to invite scorn.

Producer Dan was the first to go,
His tiny car heavily laden, and slow,
Shortly followed by Science Brian, and partner,
Action Dan, girlfriend and dog were there, not long after.