Act One

Act One

Act One is Cardiff’s biggest drama society. Last year we put on eight productions, which included a range of genres, and also held our annual night of original writing, Staging a Coup! So far this year we have three productions (with more to follow!) which will be performed between December and May. Auditions will be held for our first four productions in October, with later auditions for our further productions in November. 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 running, we have a reputation for our friendly, inviting atmosphere, impressive productions, imaginative socials - including our annual trip abroad - 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 you don’t get cast in a main production, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved!

We are excited to announce that this year’s productions are:


Alice is just a young innocent fresher at Cardiff University, but when her older sister Margaret comes to visit, Alice is nowhere to be seen...

Has she fallen down the wrong rabbit hole? Has she had one too many cups of tea? It’s up to Margaret and all of Alice’s MAD university pals to scour Cardiff on the lookout for our runaway fresher...come and join the search! But be careful who you trust...

Written and Directed by Kimberley Taylor and Sally Mogridge, Production Manager Erin Cluskey.

'Antony and Cleopatra'

This play is one of Shakespeare's most harrowing, yet unexplored tragedies, questioning the vulnerability of our own moral compasses when in the face of conflict. Despite the play being named after the lovers, Antony and Cloepatra is not a love story in the conventional sense. Here, love is not the pure and immovable force we often see it as, but is continually re-contextualised when faced with honour, politics and above all, survival. Here is a play that follows the destructive path of following passion over reason, resulting in fatal consequences.

Directed by Sophie Callery, Production Manager Dasiy Leach

'A Cabinet Dance'

A new and exciting original musical, premiering with Act One, 'Cabinet Dance' follows the twisted lives and tribulations of two political titans. The story chronicles the confrontation between Prime Minister and President, with a vibrant score set to the backdrop of war and conflict. 
Written and Directed by Jake Dufton, Joe Martin and Bethany Potter, Production Manager Angus Lapslie



Want to get in touch?

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

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'.

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  • Act One Standard Membership£10.00