Campus Life

Act One

By Rosanna Towle

“As someone who is typically shy, joining the Act One family was the perfect welcome to Cardiff. Having such a supportive group of people who not only allow you to express yourself creatively, but praise you for doing so is a unique and invaluable environment at University.” – Katie Dougan, Third Year Neuroscience Student

Act One is Cardiff’s biggest drama society and the winner of the Students’ Union award for “Best Large Society” for three years running. If you enjoy acting, dancing, singing, directing, socialising, costumes, make-up, set design, publicity, stage management, sound, or lighting, then we are the society for you! Last year, we put on ten productions, including original writing, a pantomine, a Shakespeare play, and a musical. We also sent two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

This year we will be putting on five shows, including our annual pantomime – this year the Disney-themed Rap-Unzel – as well as productions of The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Little Prince, The Duchess of Malfi, and the musical Songs for a New World. Auditions are at the start of October, and more shows will be decided on in December.

Two other key events in the Act One calendar are Hardcore 24 and Staging a Coup. During Hardcore 24, participants spend a full twenty-four hours writing, directing, producing and performing a play completely from scratch, culminating in the first performance of the year. Staging a Coup is an evening of small-scale, 10-15 minute-long productions written by members of Act One – a brilliant chance to test out original writing and fresh ideas.

Our social events are also an integral part of the society, and a great chance to meet new people. The directors of each show organise events for their cast and crew, and the society as a whole offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic activities. From pub golf in October, Halloween and Christmas parties, the annual ball in May, to our end-of-year barbecue and sports’ day, the Act One calendar is packed full of events. And that’s without mentioning the post-show after-parties!

If you’re interested in joining, email: or contact them via Facebook by searching ‘Act One Drama Society’

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