The One Act Play Festival

In 1951 Mere Drama Society instigated and hosted a non-competitive One Act Play Festival attended by 7 other drama groups. This was the first of many entries into local festivals.
In 1962, Prince Charles went to Gordonstone School and Mere Amateuer Dramatic Society went to the Wincanton Drama Festival with the one-act play, Tea For Three.
Since then the Merlin Theatre in Frome has been a more regular venue for the one act competition. In 1989 The Society was extremely proud when Jeanette Francis, (who had been a member of Mere Drama Society for 30 years), won the Marie Ritchie Award for Best Actress.

In 2009 M.A.D.S. entered the One Act Play festival held at The Woolstore Theatre, Codford and waltzed off with prizes for Best Costume for The Annotator, Best Comedy Actor to June Hewett as the Annotator in The Annotator, Best Production for Handles, Best Original Script to Adrienne Howell for Handles & Best Actor to Mary White for Doreen in Handles.