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Shakers

Viva’s performance of ‘Shakers’ in the Brook at Soham on Thursday 9th February was fantastic.

This was a first night production, yet the four stunning actresses launched into their amusing scenarios immediately with confidence, gusto and skill.

These highly talented actresses were Kerry Hibbert (as Nicki), Jenny Tayler-Surridge (Carol), Cassie Rouse (Mel) and Maddie Palmer (Adele). They played a group of disillusioned waitresses working at ‘Shakers' , a supposed up-market cocktail bar, so realistically that we could empathise with them immediately.

Shakers

Every nuance of humour, sarcasm and pathos was expressed and even when portraying crude, sex-obsessed blokes eyeing up the girls, these actresses never lost a moment and we were there in the 80’s witnessing the quirky characters and customs of the time, be they party girls, snooty media types, trendy snobs or ignorant slobs, they were very much the role(s) they were playing.

Their poignant, tear-jerking monologues created contrasting moments of depth and insight into the emotions and turmoil that their characters suffered. The acting here was superb.

Shakers

David Tickner lived up to his name as a first-rate director and with an excellent team of workers managed to pull off yet another fantastic production by this amazing company. More please!

The next Viva production to look forward to is ‘Legally Blond’ from the 1st to the 4th March 2017

Contact: http://www.viva-group.org.uk/current-events.html

All photographs reproduced with permission.

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Rosemary Westwell
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Australian-born teacher and writer Dr Rosemary Westwell (PhD, MA Ed, MA TESOL, B Mus. BA Hons) lives in Cambridgeshire, England. She completed her PhD in 2007 on ‘The Development of Language Acquisition in a Mature Learner’ ( available free on: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/48/). She writes a column for the Ely Standard, directs a ladies’ choir (‘The Isle Singers’)  and is a member of her local council.

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