Act One

Act One

Act One is Cardiff’s biggest drama society. Last year we put on nine productions  a pantomine, a Jacobean production, a musical, and also held our annual night of original writing, Staging a Coup! So far this year we have four 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:

'Mirror, Mirror'
A lot has changed for the seven dwarfs after Snow White became queen... she has gone mad with power, wanting to rewrite her own fairytale and thus change history. It's now up to the dwarves to find a competitor to challenge such tyranny. Can they overthrow the fairest of them all?
Written and Directed by Sophie Callery and Immy Skinner

'The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People'  by Oscar Wilde
Set in the 1890s, Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People', is a farcical commentary on the upper classes. It wittily revolves around an ingenious case of “manufactured” and mistaken identity, as Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff adopt false identities in order to each gain the affection of the girls they love. The play highlights the importance of social standing and reputation through comedic lies, deceit and extreme foolishness.
Directed by Jemima Kelleher

'Our Country's Good' by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Timberlake Wertenbaker's 'Our Country's Good', set in 18th century Australia, follows the journey of a group of convicts extradited from Britain and a group of officers in their setting up of a colony in Botany Bay. In attempt to reform the convicts second lieutenant Ralph Clark arranges for the convicts to put on a play of the Recruiting Officer. Drawing on very current and relevant themes of our current criminal justice system, the play brings to light debates surrounding punishment, reform, retribution, education and the importance of theatre as a means of escape and solace.
Directed by Monica Thomas

Rent by Jonathon Larson
Rent’, a rock musical based on Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, tells the story of one year in the life of eight friends living the Bohemian life in East Village New York City. The group struggle with poverty, relationships and health during the AIDs epidemic and demonstrates how much changes, or doesn’t change, in the 525,600 minutes that makeup a year.
Directed by Katie Dogan and Rebecca Miles

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
Improvisation Workshop
4th October
4AB, Fourth Floor, SU
A chance to enjoy improvisational games and drama at this laid-back and friendly workshop! Whether you know that drama is your thing, or you're just looking for an opportunity to meet people, this workshop is sure to be what you're looking for!
Meet Act One (CAMEO)
7th October
Y Stiwdio, First Floor, SU
CAMEO - Come and Meet Everyone! Come meet the Act One Drama society and find out about the productions you could be a part of this year, as well as the many other opportunities we have to offer. Pop in to say hi, we're looking forward to meeting you!
Behind the Scenes - Crew Workshop
16th October
The Lodge, Second Floor, SU
Come and find out why crew members are so integral to Act One and learn about helping backstage!
Acting and Expression Workshop
4th November
4G, Fourth Floor, SU
Hone your acting skills, or learn brand new ones, with this fun acting and expression workshop!


  • Improvisation GIAG! Wed 4 Oct 2017 - General£0.00
  • CAMEO Sat 7 Oct 2017 - General£0.00
  • Behind the Scenes - Crew Workshop Mon 16 Oct 2017 - General£0.00
  • Acting and Expression Workshop Sat 4 Nov 2017 - General£0.00