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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!

The Idea Machine

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (or Leonardo Da Vinci as he is more commonly known, thank you Wikipedia) was a man of many and varied talents. Artist, designer, scientist, musician, his talents stretch out before you in a way that makes you want to punch him in the face. But he’s dead, so that would be distasteful.

Leo, as he was known to people whom he’d never met, was a man never short of ideas. He invented the helicopter, the parachute, the concept of painting Jesus on walls, and the Rubik’s cube (one of those isn’t true). Just when you’d be thinking, “he must be done now”, out popped some other work of genius kicking and screaming into the world. Before the nurse could wrap it in swaddling and clean the gunk off it, someone would hail old Leo as a genius once more. One can only assume Leo’s ego was so big he must have grown that enormous beard to cover it up.

The Anatomy of an AST Script

As runners of a moderately successful free audio drama, people often ask us what the hell we’re doing in the garden, and threaten to call the police. But we’ve stopped garden dipping recently, and have instead spent more time on our scripts.

Scripts on the floor

You spend hours working on a script, and it ends up like this.

So, how do we do it? Well, we’d recommend Celtx – it’s free! And it does all the formatting for you. Which is good for us because we’re quite lazy. So that’s the tool, what about the constituent parts? The anatomy, if you will, of an AST script?

Let me take you through it:

Title

My favourite part of the whole thing. A great place to stick in a pun, play on words or, better still, something that is almost a pun or play on words but actually isn’t. Nothing like confusing the minds of a select group of the population. And you are a select group aren’t you? Of course you are. Look at you, sitting there. Reading this. Probably eating something sticky. Don’t let other people judge you. We don’t judge you. We think you rock. Have another one, handsome.

We kind of won an award sort of!

Woohoo! We were nominated by One Crafty Minx, who is in no way favouring us for any reason at all. As soon as we found out we cracked open the champagne Coca Cola supermarket own-brand cola.

“The Liebster Award is an award set up to bring recognition to and increase viewership for blogs with fewer than 200 followers.”

Yes, we have less than 200 followers. One day this will be a cascading success of epic proportions. One day.

Epigengle all the way...

Santa on a horse

It’s Santa on a… I’m going to guess horse?

Most people these days are familiar with the idea of DNA – our genetic code. The big list inside us that enumerates – to a greater or lesser extent – everything about us. Eye colour. Height. Diseases or conditions we might fall foul of. How many limbs we have. Where our organs go. Naughty or nice. It’s what separates us from bananas, or monkeys, or trees. We pass this DNA down the generations, and this list is not something we can do anything about. The slow march of evolution takes hundreds of generations to make a change. I am stuck with my DNA, and so are you.

Except, what if we could just… ignore parts of this list? Just turn off this bit of DNA, or that bit? And then pass it on to our kids, a change in one generation…

Well, turns out that we can.

Mr Twinkle's Story

I’m not sure I can ever convey the wonderfulness of sugar. My greatest pleasures have come from a square lump being dropped into my case by the generous Dr Korb. Many question Korb’s methods, some even call him mad, but I have always found him an excellent companion during our time together. True, we cannot connect on a truly intellectual level, but I find us kindred spirits both looking for answers in a barren land that is not of our making.

Antman

One of my pastimes is reading comics. This is a favourite.

I also like leaves. Crunchy and green, what’s not to like right?

Action? Science?...Asthma and spiders?

vegetables

So, what happens is you all bring a vegetable and put it in a bowl. Then you pick one out and whoever brought it…

Sometimes, just occasionally, if I tip my head to the right and hold it for long enough I develop a pain in my neck. This is a thing I have learned, a thing I have discovered through experimentation. People often say to me, “you’ll only learn in life if you try to do things”. And those people are right. Although I wish they would leave me alone, I have things to do. To learn, if you will.

I remember being a child and looking up to the trapdoor in the ceiling of my parents bedroom that lead to the attic. I looked and wondered at the riches that lay up there. Fleeting glimpses of old lamps, board games, and stereo equipment being carried up there by my father were all I knew of it. Fun could surely be had, so I tried to get up there. Unaware of the location of “the ladder” (the shed as it turns out, sneaky father) I would climb on various objects and just try to reach, but to no avail.

Running, jumping, standing still - FREE DOWNLOAD!

At Action Science Theatre – thank you Carshalton just leave it on the table – we are always thinking about how to help others who would like to have a highly successful audio drama of their own.

So we have taken a step towards making the dreams of people everywhere come a little closer with the publishing of the Action Science Theatre Positional Sound Matrix.

Action Science Theatre Positional Sound Matrix

Cut out and keep. Go on. Get your scissors.

(If you’re not allowed scissors you can get a copy here)

You've got to Accent-uate the Positive

“In linguistics, an accent is a manner of pronunciation peculiar to a particular individual, location, or nation.”
From the Wikipedia entry for ‘Accents’

Trouble at Mill

“Trouble at mill”

In the world of Action Science Theatre we stop the sentence after the word “peculiar”. Always.

When the world was made, 500 years ago in a sweat shop somewhere near Rhyl, it was decided in the interests of sporting competition to divide it up into countries. Some of the countries would be big, some would be small and some would be Denmark.