Welcome to First Act!

First Act was originally established in 1994 as part of the Day Services provided by the NHS and Social Services for people with learning disabilities. Early in 2011, as a direct result of changes in funding, the group was reformed as a charitable social enterprise – First Act 2011.

Originally based at Shanklin Theatre, members participate in theatre workshops, rehearsals and performances. Run by existing tutors and guest professionals.

The group offers a safe and inspiring environment where members can meet on a weekly basis. The skills explored during session and the personal sense of achievement experienced often has a direct impact on the lives of the those who attend.

The large audiences who support the bi-annual performances are inspired by the confidence that the cast displays and are left amazed by the talents that are discovered and brought to the fore.

We thank all those that attend our shows yearly. Your continued support means the world to us! If you have not seen one of our productions, get yourself some tickets and see what you’ve been missing.


First Act offer sessions four days a weeks

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Sandown and Shanklin Rugby Club 10.00am-14.45pm.

If you are interested in joining the company or would like to know more about us, please




26TH & 27TH MARCH 2024

                                                      Ticket Prices – Adult £8 Children £5