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, Production Manager James McNeill 

'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, Production Manager Laura Martin 

'Posh' by Laura Wade
Posh’ is a play written by British playwright Laura Wade. The play is based on ten oxford students who are all members of the exclusive student dining club “The Riot Club”. The club have all met at a local country pub for their termly dinner… there’s a ten bird roast, bottles and bottles of wine, a prostitute but no sex and a terrible, dark and twisted, end to the evening. But they are at Oxford… so they’ll be okay... right?
Directed by Monica Thomas, Production Manager Rosanna Hitchen 

'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, Production Manager Tom Ward

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
Hardcore 24 - The Performance
25th November
Cardiff SU- 4J
A show written, rehearsed and performed all in 24 hours, with all the money going to charity.
Mirror,Mirror- Wednesday
6th December
Pulse nightclub
The Act One pantomime
Mirror, Mirror-Thursday
7th December
Pulse nightclub
The Act One pantomime
Mirror, Mirror-Friday
8th December
Pulse nightclub
The Act One pantomime


  • Mirror, Mirror-Thursday Thu 7 Dec 2017 - General£6.00
  • Christmas dinner deposit 17£3.00
  • Hardcore 24 Sat 25 Nov 2017 - General£3.00
  • Mirror,Mirror- Wednesday Wed 6 Dec 2017 - General£6.00
  • Mirror, Mirror-Friday Fri 8 Dec 2017 - General£6.00