The Intern

I read this article about a zoo where staff had to practice taking the part of an escaped animal so that they could test their emergency procedures. I immediately imagined a trainee zoo keeper being bullied into doing the job. This spawned an idea for a radio play in which a nervous intern gets bullied by a sadistic head keeper with disastrous consequences.

I drew heavily from my experience of working in the Sea Life Centre in Brighton over one summer when I was student. From what I saw, the making of money usually took precendence over the care of the animals.

Although it is foremostly a comedy drama, I hope that the finished script is a sly, satirical dig at the captive animal industry.

Make your own mind up by reading it here.

UPDATE: This script was officially rejected by the BBC. Now I know how Adrian Mole felt.

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