Lab Rats

Drama , Films by over 13s

  • Production organisation Stanwell School
  • Date completed 02 September 2005
  • Location Penarth, Wales
  • Region Wales

The drama follows the antics of five ‘Lab Rats’ in a Big Brother style house. In a presenter voiceover at the beginning we learn that they ‘will have their powers of persuasion tested to the limit when they discuss and then vote on the Lab Rat question of the day.’ And just like Big Brother, the rats can get evicted.

The contestant’s interests range from biology to animal rights so it’s clear there will be conflicts when they vote on whether the government should support embryonic stem cell research.

The science is integrated into the script through the dialogue, with the main initial argument between Linda, whose views are shaped by her religious beliefs, and Patrick, who’s in firmly in the science camp. A drama student, Helen, sees both sides of the argument.

Things get more interesting with the introduction of Mark, Helen’s former boyfriend. Mark is now in a wheelchair. Stem cell research could help him. As to the big question, Helen ends up with the casting vote – but what will she decide?

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