Action Science Theatre Podcast

Action Science Theatre

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Episode 32: Broom Raider
Bah bah bah bah! Bah bah bah! Bah bah bah bah! Bah bah bah bah bah! You recognise it don’t you? Don’t you? Come on. No it’s not that one. The other one. The one with the guy in the hat. No I can’t just tell you in case the lawyers are reading. You’ll figure it out. Join us Actioneers, as we venture between two worlds. One real, the other inside the mind of a man with a broom. You can almost taste the excitement. And it tastes like custard. Play, play, play! Darren Broom – Mike Macdonald Elicia Logan – Charvy Narain Stephen Smith / Dr Smith – Brian Mackenwells Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Music: “Heroes Confrontation” by Grégoire Lourme Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 16: The Man with the Golden Game
Na na na na na, na na na… WAIT! They have trigger-happy lawyers. Stop that. So this episode is about a spy. A spy who likes girls and drinking. But isn’t like any other spy character who likes those things. Oh no. It’s really a tribute to… No… No it isn’t a tribute to anything. Nothing to see here. Move along. Join Norton Chambers as he gets kicked out of University and goes off to make a load of money. Like we all do. Except Norton gets himself mixed up in a heap of trouble. Will he make it through this adventure alive? Will you listen to the whole theme tune without skipping it? What did happen in the lifeboat? This way my dears, this way… Mason Porter – David Ault Dr Miles Nairdowell / Passer-by – Calum Mitchell Norton Chambers – Brian Macken Dean – Dan Bond Holly Standout – Georgie Longley Casino dealer / Guard – Ciara Kelly Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org Theme song Lyrics by Dan Bond Music by Dan Booth Sung by Anna Trapmore
Episode 3: Peril-osaurus
Greg Brown is a paleontologist, a paleontologist who specialises in bar chart colours and theories that upset small children. Join him and his friend Eloise Burke, and Detective Inspector Lynn Weyland-Smith as they try to stop Professor Zorbo and his pet Ninja from making Greg the next species to become extinct. Greg Brown – Dan Bond Detective Inspector Lynn Weyland-Smith – Elena Wright Eloise Burke – Amy Wackett Professor Zorbo / Ninja / Police Officer – Brian Macken Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org, TheRecordist.com and FreeSFX
Episode 14: Space Stationary
In space, no one can hear ice cream. But then no one can hear it on Earth either. Unless it’s being fed to a noisy child. So, I bet you were all wondering the same thing we were: what if Commander Hadfield had been, rather than a lovely man, a bit of a dick? Well, now’s your chance to find out. Come aboard the ISS (International Space Station for those out of the know) and find out what it’s like to live and work in space. Can the crew survive? Will anyone get naked? Will the visual jokes work in audio? Houston, we have a podcast… “…an endless stream of excruciating puns, allusions to space series of the past (addicts of Star Trek and Space 1999 might find the podcast especially nostalgic), with the odd fart joke thrown in for good measure…” Radio Drama Reviews Online Commander Masterton – Brian Macken Flight Engineer Louise Patterson – Mary Horan Flight Engineer Vanya Fuzyk – Holly Bathie Mission Control – Hannah Rackauskas Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Public domain recording of The Blue Danube Waltz courtesy of Public Domain Audio Video Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 7: They do it with Magnets
How do you confuse Prof Brian Cox? Put him in the Large Hadron Collider and tell him to stand in the corner. Sal is a gumshoe. That means everyone wants to slap him. His old flame Mabel needs some help, there’s been a murder at the LHC. Will Sal solve the case? Will they find any Bosons at all? Shouldn’t they all have French or German accents? It’s in Switzerland for goodness sake. Take the plunge, intrepid adventurers… Sal – Matt Kirk Mabel – Elena Wright Scarlet Astor – Amy Wackett Sam Butler – Dan Bond Frankie the security guy – Jamie Crowther One of the boys in the lab – Brian Macken Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 12: Jimmy Calendrics
All together now… “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday AST, happy birthday to you!” Well done, excellent work. A particularly good range of tenors amongst you. AST is 1 year old! (Okay, not quite. Obviously we didn’t start with an episode zero though. Shut it maths people.) To celebrate we have this special episode that features us playing ourselves! Although not until the end. So hang on in there for that. Can Jimmy win back some credibility from the scientific community? Can he win back any kind of respect? And where did Gene Roddenberry come from? Stop asking, start listening… Jimmy, Mike, Science Brian – Brian Macken Debs – Miriam Higgins Anne, Mona Lisa – Rhona Wells Art, Christopher Columbus, Smethley – Matt Kirk Commentator, Sailor, Gene Roddenberry, Action Dan – Dan Bond Producer Dan – Dan Booth Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 46: Not Very PC
The 1980s. Cool music, solid haircuts, adventurous films and neoliberalism. Everything a decade should be. And it was when the big, successful computer companies started their rise. And not only the successful ones. Join us to for a story of the also-rans. The followers. The failures. The Great British computer companies. Chris Sessions – Brian Mackenwells Anna Sessions – Rhona Mackenwells Wendy King – Wendy Bradley Aaron Spector – Dan Bond Voice over – Dan Booth Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Music: “1980” by Frank Kleinwächter Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 2: Blood Feud
Sir Charles Daly-Humbert, the British Empire’s greatest gentleman biologist, has just received a worrying letter from his brother Sir Duncan Daly-Humbert, the British Empire’s greatest gentleman explorer. What’s going on? How are swans involved? Will the accents sustain? Listen and find out! Sir Charles Daly-Humbert – Brian Macken Edna Egerton – Ciara Kelly Tobius / Hotel Clerk – Jim Emery Joan S. Livingcross – Maegan Reed Virginie – Sreya Rao Sir Duncan Daly-Humbert – Dan Bond Written by Dan Bond, Brian Macken & Dan Booth Produced by Dan Booth Original music by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org and TheRecordist.com
Episode 26: Lark-eology
The desert. Unchanged for millions of years. Yet witness to a prophecy come true. That one day, people will dig and find stuff. And some of that stuff will be interesting. Get out your shovel, scratch your beard and let’s get digging. Have we found the missing link? Do we need to? Does everything need to be linked? Things are going to get deadly… Derek – Dan Bond Harry – Rory Morrison Mike – Brian Mackenwells Alice – Kat Steiner Jade – Wendy Bradley Legolas – Dan Booth Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org Features “The Duel” from Bensound
Episode 17: Death by Dewey
Libraries are a great place for a snooze. You can stash yourself away in a quiet section (say, computer programming languages, pre-1990) and get yourself a good 20 minutes kip without being disturbed. And you can keep that tip for free. But the life of a librarian isn’t all shushing people and cleaning up sleepy drool. Sometimes (really not very often, mind) it can mean excitement and adventure (hardly at all in fact). Join Ruth Fletcher and her Dr Watson, Carla Bryson, as they attempt to introduce someone to the term “overdue”. Come this way my pretties, come this way… Ruth Fletcher – Rhona Wells Carla Bryson – Kat Steiner Nick Stewart – Rory Morrison Gardener, George Larson – Dan Bond Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 19: Wrecklessly Subordinate
Dive! Dive! Dive! Whoah! Exciting huh? Your heart is pounding, adrenalin courses through your veins, and your left eye twitches uncontrollably. Well calm down buddy, you can’t listen to audio drama with all that going on. Have a cup of tea and settle in for this aquatic adventure. Will they find Nemo? Will they Moby Dick? And why is severe head trauma so common in deep sea submersible vehicles? Let’s get to it. Blue – Elena Wright Chris Ellis – Dan Bond Michael Stone – Jamie Crowther Erica Holden – Tara Clarke Josephine Heller – Wendy Bradley Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 20: Inflated Ego
Pfffff. Pfffff. Pffffff. There we go. I’ve tied 37 balloons to this chair, that should be enough to get me to the moon. Here I go – and release! Oh. Why aren’t I going up? This is awkward. Now I look ridiculous. Oh well, while I untie all these balloons why don’t you settle in and take a listen to this little beauty? Do you remember Edna Egerton from Episode 2? No? Well, go back and listen to that. Okay? Right, this time we visit her a bit earlier in her career when she, like me, is messing about with balloons. Join us for racing, nudity, cheese and sky-based adventure. Let’s get it on. Edna Egerton – Ciara Kelly Lotty Lawton-Carstairs – Georgie Longley Ego O’Brien – Brian Macken Hector Moncrieff – David Ault Lady Elizabeth Stowage – Rhona Wells Simpkins – Dan Bond Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 36: Radio Blah Blah
Travelling around the country is fun. And you can increase the fun by searching the airwaves to find local radio stations to listen to. The playlists, attitudes, and opinions have remained remarkably stable over the past 30 years. And that’s exactly what we all need more of in our lives. One such radio station is about to get embroiled in the evil machinations of Dr Stroiker – who, because he’s a doctor, is up to naughty science shenanigans. Obviously. That’s what they do. Come listen, friends! Terry – Mike MacDonald Lily / Howie – Dave Robertson Dr Stroiker / Roger – Matt Kirk Mr Heroman / Henry – Brian Mackenwells Lyn / Sgt Cuffs / Carl / Steve – Dan Bond Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Music: “Breaking News AC2 Full” by Music For Your Media “Infographics Loop” by DDMYZIK Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 35: Dolly Mixture
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, and due to the fact I’ve been cloned it’s very similar to the wool you already have. Ah, I love a classic nursery rhyme. Get ready for this, as there’s a lot of skulking and flashbacks. Make a good 70’s cop duo wouldn’t they? Skulking and Flashbacks – wa-a-a wa-a-a wa-a-a. Anyway, ears at the ready, and let’s get it on. George – Dan Bond Nicola – Debs McKenna Robin – Kat Steiner Guard Jones – Kirsten Summers Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org Sheep noises adapted from Sheep.com
Episode 33: The Good, The Bad, and The Scientist
Which is best? Cowboys, ninjas, or pirates? The answer is cowboys. Well, it is right now. In this, the latest slice of drool-encouraging action science, we meet cowboys. And we don’t just mean the cast. Join Sheriff Brady and his assistant / sidekick / deputy, Parker, as they attempt to foil the machinations of that most evil of creatures. A woman. With jars. Sheriff Brady – Dan Bond Velma Trustworthy – Wendy Bradley Mr Ellis – Jack Brougham Parker – Sreya Rao Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Music: “Western[fix] edit” by Highfield Sound Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 48: Gibbon Half a Chance
Ooh be do. I want to be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you. Ooooh. Modelling yourself after successful people can have ups and downs. For every “being open to new ideas” there’s a “wake every morning at 4am”. If only King Louie understood that. Of course this is unrelated to our next episode which is about gibbon hunting. I don’t know why. Perhaps they know where the lost treasure of the Sierra Madre is? Join us! Hear the most convincing gibbon impression you will ever hear! Encounter romance! Feel confused! Professor Edwards – Dan Bond Professor Martin – Charlie Vicary Dr Holt – Georgie Longley Dr Baxter – Steve Pritchard Anusha Sharma – Sreya Rao Alex Thomas – Jack Brougham Gibbon – Michaela Livingstone-Banks (world’s leading gibbon call expert) Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 27: It's All Rover
Space exploration. When you think about it, it’s just like darts. Hurling projectiles into the dark depths hoping to get  a treble-twenty. You could get glory, or end up drinking in a pub on a Tuesday afternoon while everyone else is at work. Good place to meet NASA scientists. THEY’VE SENT A ROVER TO MARS! It will collect rocks. They always do. BUT WHAT ELSE COULD HAPPEN? Let’s program this baby for adventure. BEEP BOOP BEEP. There we go. Everyone strap in! Iain – Dan Bond Jerry – Jamie Crowther Lauren – Miriam Higgins Carter / Mars Rover – Elena Wright Harry – Dan Booth Friendly Boulder – Himself Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 49: Rights and Wrongs
Things haven’t always been fair at Christmas. In the old days, before the Snapchat, some people didn’t get everything they wanted. Women. They haven’t always had it easy. But there are some who fight for their rights! And there’s no better time to do it than when the nights draw in and those shops open that only sell pointless gadgets. Grab yourself a mince pie, loosen your clothing, punch a reindeer, and listen to this eggy slice of audio fluff. Merry Christmas! Dr Henry Keys – Jamie Crowther Annabel – Elena Wright Elizabeth Thomas – Anna Wilson Nathaniel Thomas – Brian Mackenwells Patricia – Rhona Mackenwells Lydia – Debs Mckenna Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 47: Breaking the Mould
Aaaaaaaachoo! Oof. Sorry about that. I really must stop rubbing my face with things I’m allergic to. Like cats. Of course scientists are doing their best to cure us of diseases – and to do this they like to stick things in our crevices. Get ready for international travel! Animals! And lots of hot nose action! Lie back and think of the bacteria… Alex – Dan Booth Scott – Brian Mackenwells Merlin – Dan Bond Written by Dan Booth, Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 42: Crimea River
Pie charts. Not as fattening as the name suggests. They’ve been miscommunicating information for a long time now, and baffling people with their unnecessary 3D effects. Of course the reason we have them at all is down to the ‘lady with the lamp’. She was always working in the dark which explains the bright default colours used on charts in Excel. Regress with us now as if you’re in some fever dream, and experience the horrors of the Crimea war with a little bit of sauciness thrown in. And don’t come crying to us when you get trench foot. Florence Nightingale – Francesca Richards Anne Hatherley – Debs McKenna Ethel Lewisham – Anna Griffiths Dr Hiscox – Dan Booth Dr Bunting / Private Martin – Brian Mackenwells Corporal Talks / Clerk – Dan Bond Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 30: Gravitational Push
How does one make oneself a success? Is it by finding something one enjoys and making that a profession? Or by pursuing a successful profession that already exists? Frankly, we don’t know or care. We have other things to worry about. I mean, there’s another royal baby for Queen’s sake. Come now to Cambridge, where a couple of quacks are battling over the soul of a young lady who only has one letter in her name. Pile in! (Featuring a special, surprise guest at the end. Although you can spoil the surprise by reading the credits.) Delilah “Dee” Forrester – Georgie Longley Dr Andrew Johnson – Jamie Crowther Dr Patrick Donoghue – Brian Macken Isaac Newton – Dan Booth Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Music: “Allegretto” by Arnaud Condé Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 23: Much Ado About 4.2 Billion Km
Pluto! Pluto! Here, Pluto! Pluto is a long way away, and is a barren, featureless rock. No wait, that’s Australia (just kidding, kangaroo lovers!). Some people can’t make up their minds about things. Spaciticians can’t make up their minds whether something is a planet, or a speck on their telescope. So Pluto has always provided them with a tough challenge. Is it a planet? Is it a floaty rock? Let battle commence! Alex – Brian Mackenwells Chris / waiter – Dan Bond Chairman – Dan Booth Sam – Simon Wilson Kate – Anna Griffiths Andrew / a human – David Ault Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org
Episode 10: Voyage of the Hammed
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! There are no pirates in this episode. Let’s get that out of the way first up. What have pirates ever done for science? Other than contributions to cartography, and encouraging people to bury important things. It took ages to find Newton’s Principia I understand. Join the crew of the scientific research vessel HMS Treasure, as they tackle some big issues: gambling, cross-dressing and musical talent. Get downloading. Ye scurvy dogs. Captain Cuse  – Calum Mitchell First Officer Ricks – Brian Macken Mr Green – Matt Kirk Mr Banks – Dan Bond First Crewman – Tara Clarke Second Crewman – Wendy Bradley Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org Music: “Der Mond ist aufgegangen” (Thomas Bergen) / CC BY 3.0 “New aloha oe” (banjo980) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Episode 4a: Science Shoot-off LIVE!
Some people seek truth, some seek justice, others seek the adulation of others to feed their egos. One such person has come to the globally recognised phenomenon of Science Showoff, with a presentation to wow the crowd. But two unknown gun-persons have other ideas. Will he survive? Will the cast remember to speak into the microphone? Will anyone enjoy the experience? There’s only one way to find out! Recorded live at Science Showoff at the Wilmington Arms, London on the 2nd October 2012. Presenter – Brian Macken Red Assassin – Rhona Wells Blue Assassin – Dan Bond Sound effects created by random members of the Science Showoff audience Written by Dan Bond & Brian Macken Produced by Dan Booth
Episode 40: Gone to Seed
Have you ever had one of those friends? You know the type, will get you into trouble and then disappear when the going gets tough. Irish. Co-writer of the podcast you make. Named Brian. I think I may be giving you too much of a peek behind the curtains… There hasn’t been enough Scandinavia in AST up until now, so here’s some. Will Steve make it out alive? Will Angela get to make some sandwiches? Will Marcus see things through? Things are getting seedy… Marcus Houghton – Simon Wilson Angela Thrushmartin – Rhona Mackenwells Dr Vida Christensen – Kat Steiner Dr Tomas Christensen – Rory Morrison Steve Thrushmartin – Brian Mackenwells Henrik Bodia – Dan Bond Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells Produced by Dan Booth Music: “Elevators” by August Virga Sextet Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org  
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Podcast Details
Started
Jun 26th, 2012
Latest Episode
Jan 1st, 2017
Release Period
Monthly
No. of Episodes
53
Avg. Episode Length
18 minutes
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