What do we offer?
Age 18+ (this can vary)
We perform at least five productions a year
We welcome everyone no matter of ability or experience
Workshops with professionals
Opportunities to perform on stage as well as getting involved behind the scenes
Where and when:
We rehearse twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays as well as sometimes booking in a few weekend rehearsals. We keep the venues for rehearsals local using The Brook, Soham Village College or The Viva Centre.
How to get involved?
For more information on how to get involved and upcoming auditions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the Viva Office on 01353 722 228.
How did it start?
Viva Theatre Company was set up, informally, in 2007 in order to give adult amateur theatre enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy what the youngsters of the district had been enjoying for 10 years! Its brief was to present high-quality performances of established plays, prepared over a relatively short rehearsal period.
Its first production that May was Alan Bennett’s ‘Habeas Corpus’. The following year saw productions of ‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward, and ‘Steel Magnolias’. Members of the company performed extracts from Lysistrata and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in the NCCU concert in Witchford in May 2009.
It was clear that the company needed a higher profile and a more regulated structure within the Viva Arts and Community Group and after a hugely successful production of ‘Hobson’s Choice’ in September 2009, the company was formally established under the chairmanship of David Tickner, with a committee answerable to the Viva Board of Trustees.
More success followed in 2010, with Sean Dooley’s production of the cricketing comedy ‘Outside Edge’ breaking box office records, and Dan Schumann’s production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ attracting highly complimentary reviews.
Earlier in 2010 came the news that Becky Green and Mark Parr’s production of ‘Hobson’s Choice’ had been awarded the NODA certificate for the best drama in the district for 2009.
The group has continued in their success in 2011 with productions of ‘The Ark’ and ‘Prime Time Murder’ (2011). In 2012 they were given the great opportunity of teaming up with the Royal Shakespeare Company to stage a performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in the magnificent grounds of Anglesey Abbey. The play involved a wide-ranging cast from young children to adults as well as people with disabilities, and was set in the year of 1919, just after the First World War. After wowing their audiences with ‘Much Ado’ they then accepted the ultimate challenge of ‘Stepping Out’ where the cast members put on their tap shoes to show the community they can not only act but dance!
In 2013 'Bouncers- The Viva Remix' was formed and stormed through 6 local performances as well as coming away from the Haverhill Drama Festival with Best Director and the Adjudicators Award. After the 'Moves like Jagger' had died down the Theatre Company took a step back in time this year to perform 'Pride and Prejudice' at St Andrew's Church Soham as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. The Church was the perfect setting for this classic love story and along with the fantastic setting and costumes the show was a great success.