53 episodes

Action Science Theatre is a podcast in the style of a radio play, that mixes action, science, comedy and silly voices to create a welcome distraction from real life for 20 minutes or so.

It is unquestionably the finest free online audio drama you can get without trying any others.

Action Science Theatre Dan Bond

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    • 4.2 • 15 Ratings

Action Science Theatre is a podcast in the style of a radio play, that mixes action, science, comedy and silly voices to create a welcome distraction from real life for 20 minutes or so.

It is unquestionably the finest free online audio drama you can get without trying any others.

    Aiming at the Shrew

    Aiming at the Shrew

    The Natural History Museum – a fine institution full of dusty, dead things. A bit like the House of Lords. Satire.

    But how do you get into the Museum’s collections? Win a raffle? The X Factor? Who knows?

    One man who hopes he does is Douglas Smith. Will he get his shrew past the tough entry criteria? Will he die at the hands of a psychotic doorman? Let’s find out!

    Tom Thomas – Dan Bond
    Douglas Smith – Matt Kirk
    Alexander Twitch / Fred – Brian Mackenwells
    Lady Elstree Loudmouse – Francesca Richards
    Betty Boxer / Market Trader – Anna Trapmore
    Billy Block / Doorman – Simon Wilson

    Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

    Produced by Dan Booth

    Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org and SoundBible.com

    • 23 min
    Rights and Wrongs

    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

    • 17 min
    Gibbon Half a Chance

    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

    • 15 min
    Breaking the Mould

    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

    • 19 min
    Not Very PC

    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

    • 14 min
    Bullet Time

    Bullet Time

    Guns. Dangerous things. Well, one end is. Really as long as you’re not standing in front of the little bit on the front you’ll be okay. They never point that out in gun statistics do they? What about all the people who were BEHIND the gun?

    Having established that guns are safe, let’s use one to fire people to space! Woo! This is a great idea. Nothing can go wrong. Time for a warm audio ear bath. Dive in.

    Doc Daring – Dan Bond
    Annie Mosey – Francesca Richards
    Lady Joyce Gregory – Erin Burns
    Professor Ian Locke – Charlie Vicary
    Amelia Nelson – Georgie Longley
    General Haystack – Steve Pritchard
    Nelson – Dan Booth

    Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

    Produced by Dan Booth

    Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Ortholcks ,

Funny

I am supper happy when I see a new AST out. Lot of laughs

Bugscuttle ,

Brilliant

I love “British humor” of this vein! Wonderfully geeky, shamelessly nerdy, unapologetically smart, and really funny. I hope this podcast has a very long and distinguished stay on Het Internet. (I’d also love to see these folks work with Frank Key on…something...

Crazybablu ,

Zippy and fun

I really enjoy this podcast. The episodes clip along at a good pace and the writing is witty and filled with zingers. I occasionally find myself laughing out loud at a double entendre here or there. Keep up the good work.

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