Act One

Act One is Cardiff’s largest drama society.

Every year we put on several productions, all ranging in a variety of genres, and also host our annual night of original writing - Staging a Coup! If you enjoy acting, dancing, singing, socialising, or are interested in helping backstage with costumes, make-up, set design, publicity, stage management, sound or lighting, then we are the society for you!

Previously winner of 'Best Large Society' for three years in a row, we have a reputation for our friendly atmosphere, impressive productions, imaginative socials (including our annual abroad/domestic trip), and the Act One Ball! We also run smaller-scale productions, workshops and open mic nights. So if you're a fresher and want to direct - or if you don’t get cast in a main production - there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Last year, we delivered a vast range of events and shows for all our members both in-person and in the virtual sphere of Zoom. This year, however, we're aiming to return to the stage in the flesh!


Want to get in touch?

If you are interested in joining Act One or have any questions please contact a member of the Committee through Facebook, or send a message to our Facebook page:

You can also keep up to date with our current events on our Facebook group: ACT ONE 2021/22:

N.B. If you are not a Cardiff University student and wish to purchase a ticket for one of our productions you can do so by creating a 'temporary account'.


Get Involved!

We have multiple performances this year for you to get involved with including an original pantomime, a variety night, and a beloved Shakespeare comedy. Take a look at what we've got on offer below!

There's something for everyone - so come along to our auditions and/or crew sign-ups. Auditions for our Winter Show Season will occur in early October.

Around Freshers' Week, we host GIAGs so check out our social media platforms for updates. You'll also catch us on a stall at the Freshers' Fair. See you there!





PANTO: The Yellow Brick Road

Directors: Jasmin Mahesan & Joe Lloyd-Perks

Production Manager: Sian Howells

DATE: Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th December

We’ve got wicked witches, a wonderful wizard, a flying broomstick and ruby slippers, and poor little Dorothy, a lost young girl. 
After a tornado tears through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the magical and mystical land of Oz. On their quest to return home, they encounter new friends and make terrible enemies. Through laughs and tears, screams and cheers, Dorothy’s adventure is full of ups and downs. 
Will Dorothy and Toto ever make it back home? Or will they be trapped in Oz forever? Only one thing is for certain: follow the yellow brick road.


VARIETY NIGHT: A Celebration of Women in Theatre

Director: Georgette Orford

Musical Director: Liv Prime

Production Manager: Vicki Merker

DATE: Saturday 19th February

Variety Night returns for a fourth year with A Celebration of Women in Theatre - a night showcasing amazing women and allies who have contributed to theatre and fought for their place on the stage worldwide. 
Raising money for ROSA: a UK fund for women and girls, we’ll be showcasing musical, acting and comedic performances embodying stories of multifaceted women: killers, lovers, dreamers, grafters, villains, broken and victorious. 
Our Variety Night will highlight Act One's core values of inclusion and acceptance by demonstrating what we do best with an unmissable show!



Directors: Kirsty Richards & Alicia Pearson

Production Manager: Euan Prout

DATE: Wednesday 16th - Saturday 19th March

For the OG of enemies to lovers, look no further than Much Ado About Nothing.
Forget Johnny and Baby, Caroline and Klaus, Jon Snow and Ygraine – Shakespeare had the supreme power couple of Benedick and Beatrice. So come watch our groovy 80s interpretation of this beloved classic. This time, we won’t be confined by gender, so this adaptation is flexible and easy-going with some classic 80s tunes thrown in the mix.
What better way to welcome back theatre than watching this fantastic romantic comedy brought to life?



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