On Friday 11th, the Act One drama society got together at the Students Union to begin a 24-hour challenge which would see many of them forego sleep until the Saturday night. They had to devise a semi-improvised short play which they would be performing for charity at 7pm Saturday.
Throughout the 24 hours of sleep deprivation, they covered character work, improvisation and various other activites that led to the creation of a humorous half-hour long play featuring four characters, some chairs, and some cold Domino’s pizza.
James Cole-Ezen, Act One’s president, remarked that “illness knocked our participation down by around half” but this led to the formation of a “smaller group” that “formed a tighter bond over the 24 hours.” Meanwhile, Sam Walker, the vice president, related his own experiences: “Allowing an hour’s nap was the worst thing I could have possibly done – the following 3-4 hours were characterised by heavy eyes and a distinct lack of movement. But after that we managed to power through with the assistance of coffee.”
The finished play featured a story involving a camp counsellor, played by Daniel Neenan (also seen doing stand-up at the Comedy Society) interviewing three girls about exactly what happened the night before- the implication I gathered being there had been drugs involved, but the girls mainly seem to talk about food or their fictional boyfriends. They were played by Poppy Charlton, Louise Taillandier and Megan Thomas.
Act One is one of the best known societies in the Guild, featuring some of the brightest young talent Cardiff has to offer. They’re back after an incredibly successful year where they even took a show to the Edinburgh Fringe. They will be putting on further shows later in the year but until then you can keep in touch via their social media: on Facebook at ActOneDramaSociety and Twitter @actonecardiff.