Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook Soham: West End star and Eastenders favourite John Partridge is the special guest

PUBLISHED: 12:31 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:31 23 November 2017

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

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Dozens gathered at The Brook in Soham at the weekend as Viva Arts and Theatre Group held its annual awards ceremony.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Guests at the ceremony included Viva president Michael Fenton Stevens, Viva vice president Clare Buckfield and Viva’s founding patron Sir James Paice.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

This year’s special guest was West End star and television actor John Partridge, who is best known for playing Christian in Eastenders.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Entertainment on the night came from the cast of Viva’s Beauty and the Beast, who performed ‘Be Our Guest’. Zara Minns, Joseph Beach and Jake Overy also performed a ‘Hairspray’ medley while Riley Williams performed solo, and Dan Lane and Max Bovingdon as a duo.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

The awards ceremony closed with music from Soham Comrades Band.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

And the winners were…

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Dresden Goodwin won the Anastasia Billinge Award for Viva Youth Theatre Member of the Year. It was voted for by the Viva members and presented by Viva vice president and TV/theatre star Clare Buckfield.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Delia Tickner won the Stella Award which was presented by Viva’s longest serving trustee Ann Roberts.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• David Tickner won the James and Ava Paice Best Actor Award. It was presented by Viva’s founding patron and long-time supporter Sir James Paice.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Mary Barnes won the Ann Tuite Best Actress Award, which was presented by Viva’s past chairman of the trustees and honorary life member Anne Tuite.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Radha Bilimoria won the Sheila Steafel Comedy Award which was presented by Viva’s president and TV/theatre star Mike Fenton Stevens.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Daniel Allgood won the Harvey Prize for Best Ensemble Performance. It was presented by Clare Buckfield.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Phyllida Hickish won the Angela Bocking Shield for Musicianship, which was presented by founder of the National Youth Music Theatre and West End Director Jeremy James Taylor OBE.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Kate Rollinson won the Brackenridge Prize for Dance, which was presented by award sponsor Kylie Brackenridge.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Philip Midgley won the Unsung Hero Award, which was presented by Viva patron, actor, author and radio presenter Richard Spendlove.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Joseph Beach won the Sir John Baird Award for Young Actor of the Year, and Holly Pryke won the Lady Baird Award for Young Singer of the Year. Both awards were presented by Viva’s president and TV/theatre star Liza Goddard.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Emma Gilbey was presented with the Robert and Lisa Barnes Best Supporting Actress Award by Viva trustee Robert Barnes.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Geoff Fisher took home the Michael Fenton Stevens Best Supporting Actor Award. It was presented by Viva’s president and TV/theatre star Mike Fenton Stevens.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Callum Moffat won the Liza Goddard Comedy Performance Award.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Jenny Tayler-Surridge won the Hobbs Cup for Viva Member of the Year, which was presented by Sir James Paice.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Katie Kirkpatrick won the Viva Youth Theatre Trustees Award for Leadership. It was presented by June Cannie, education leadership advisor from The Moller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Alison O’ Connor won the Harry Fletcher Backstage Award. It was presented by Julius Green, West End producer, former Society of London Theatre board member, theatre author, newspaper columnist and fellow of Corpus Christi College.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Siobhan Fordham won the Vivienne Smart Junior Member of the Year Award. It was presented by Gordon Smart, Viva honorary life vice president.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Rob Barton won the Josh Schumann The Show Must Go On Award, which was presented by Sir James Paice.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Richard Hayward won the Jean Macrae Award for Musical Contribution. It was presented by Mike Fenton Stevens.

Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. Viva Awards 2017 at The Brook in Soham. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

• Kerry Hibbert won the Ruth Francis Award for Special Contribution to Viva Youth Theatre. It was presented by Liza Goddard

• Riley Williams won the Stephen Kenna Triple Threat Award. It was presented by West End/TV star John Partridge.

• Keith Gallois and Judith Collingswood won the Richard Spendlove Director of the Year Award.

• Max Bovingdon won the Dan Schumann Shield for Dedication and Commitment, which was presented by John Partridge.

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