SCRIPT 'THE ARK'

CAST of 7:

Narrator (male or female)

Mrs Noah

Sally (reporter)

Noah

Sheba (daughter)

Moabit (son or daughter)

Shem (son or daughter)

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Production team:

Director ...................................................

Studio Manager ........................................

CDs ....................................................

PA (production assistant) ....................................................

Spot .......................................................

Post-production team ............................................

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(This script owes some material to an already existing radio drama scene - much thanks.)


'THE ARK' Script

page 1

 

SCENARIO: Sally visits Noah's ark. Noah is building the ark. She is a time-traveler and a young journalist. The Old Testament story is modernised and comical. This is a children's radio play scene.

1. FX: EXCITING MUSIC. CROSSFADE TO ARK-BUILDING NOISES.

2. NARRATOR (neutral acoustic - position 3 - like children's TV programme - very enthusiastic)
We follow our reporter Sally to her most exciting
assignment yet.
She's interviewing Mr Noah, hard at work on the Ark.
So far, she's caught up with Mrs Noah.

3. FX: EXTERIOR, DAYTIME, DRY. SALLY AND MRS NOAH APPROACH THE ARK.
BUILDING IN HANGAR. WALKING FOOTSTEPS ( x 2) ON GRAVEL.
ARK BUILDING SOUNDS HEARD INSIDE BUILDING.

4. MRS NOAH Don't mind Noah. His bark is worse than his bite.
He's great when you get to know him and he's got a
great working relationship with his gang. They're my
sons and daughters, you know.

5. SALLY I want to interview him too.

6. MRS NOAH He's mad. You can quote me on that.
He has them all at it.

7. SPOT RUSTLING NOTEBOOK AND NOTE-TAKING

8. SALLY Mad. Noah. At it. I've got that.

9. MRS NOAH Could you get this door, Sally, or I might spill Noah's
tea.

10. SALLY Sure. (as they go in) Gosh! I can't believe this!

 

11. FX: DOOR OPENS. THEY GO IN, FOOTSTEPS
FROM
GRAVEL TO WOODEN SURFACE (x 2).
FADE UP INTERIOR AND WORKERS

(end page 1)

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PAGE 2 'The Ark'

1. MRS NOAH Thanks for managing the door. Come on through!
So what do you think of Noah's barn?
You'll soon get used to the hullabaloo.

2. FX: DOOR CLOSES. FADE EXTERIOR.

 

3. NOAH (shouting at workman) Do you call that a straight
line or what, man? Would you look at that naffin'
plank, lad!

4. SHEBA I'm not your lad, I'm Sheba.

5. MOABIT She's doing her best.

6. SHEM Just Dad having one of his jokes.

7. MRS NOAH This way Sally.

8. FX: FOOTSTEPS CONTINUE. BUILDING SOUNDS
LESSEN AS THEY ENTER. WHISPERS AND
SHH'S. THEY REACH NOAH.

( SILENCE)

 

9. MRS NOAH Noah, this is a bright young reporter, Sally.

10. NOAH Looks too young for the job.
Bet she couldn't bang a nail.

( PAUSE)

11. SALLY I'm here to interview you.

12. MRS NOAH Here's your tea. Stirred, not shaken.

13. NOAH Thank you, I'm sure.

14. SPOT TEA STIRRED.

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'The Ark' (cont.) (page 3)

 

1. MRS NOAH What's got you wound up?

 

2. NOAH (slurping tea) It's that so-called carpenter
daughter of yours, Sheba.
Can't get any line straight.

 

3. SALLY That planking looks great to me.

 

4. SHEBA Ta! Who are you?

 

5. NOAH (slurping) Great tea.

 

6. SALLY Sally, trainee reporter. Hi.

 

7. SHEBA Can you use a plane?

 

8. SALLY I certainly can.
Done evening classes in DIY.

 

9. NOAH Thank God someone's useful.
These uprights need shaving down.
Can you do that for me?

 

10. SPOT SHEM STARTS HAMMERING.

 

11. MOABIT Hold a minute, Shem. HOLD IT!

 

 

12. SPOT SHEM FINALLY STOPS
HAMMERING.

(end page 3)

 

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'The Ark' (cont.) page 4

1. SHEBA Take this.

 

2. FX. SALLY TAKES PLANE AND HELPS SHEBA AT
WORK.

 

3. SHEBA Like this. Takes a bit of technique.

 

4. FX. SHE STARTS PLANING. SMOOTHLY, THEN
STOPS.

5. SHEBA Got it?

6. SALLY Sure. I think.

7. NOAH Get on with it. The rains will arrive.

8. FX. SALLY STARTS PLANING. JERKILY.

9. SALLY Ouch! My hand!
10. FX: SALLY THROWS DOWN PLANE.

11. NOAH Those tools are expensive. Be Careful!
12. SHEBA Give her a chance Dad! Stop hassling her.

13. FX: SHEM STARTS HAMMERING FURIOUSLY
AGAIN.
WHISTLING AND SINGING RESUMES.
14. NOAH Life on the Ark doesn't suit eh?
15. GRAMS ESTABLISH AND FADE JOLLY MUSIC
FADE
(page 4)
(END)

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