REVIEW: Viva’s ‘Shakers’, at The Brook in Soham tonight and tomorrow, is ‘fantastic’ with ‘superb acting’

The cast of Shakers. PHOTO: Viva Soham.

The cast of Shakers. PHOTO: Viva Soham. - Credit: Archant

Viva’s performance of ‘Shakers’ at The Brook in Soham on Thursday night was fantastic.

The cast of Shakers. PHOTO: Viva Soham.

The cast of Shakers. PHOTO: Viva Soham. - Credit: Archant

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.

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.

Cassie Rouse, Maddie Palmer, Kerry Hibbert and Jenny Taylor-Surridge. PHOTO Mike Rousse.

Cassie Rouse, Maddie Palmer, Kerry Hibbert and Jenny Taylor-Surridge. PHOTO Mike Rousse. - Credit: Archant


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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.

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!

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There are two more performances of ‘Shakers’ on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February.

The next Viva production is ‘Legally Blonde’ from March 1 to 4. Visit www.viva-group.org.uk/current-events.html for info and to book.

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