Cast - The Children
Vivienne attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and in 1970 graduated along with Robyn Gurney and Wendy Hughes, and appeared with them in the Old Tote Theatre productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blood Wedding. Her first professional production after NIDA was in The Crucible, with Robyn Nevin for The Old Tote and the subsequent New South Wales tour. This was followed by Hamlet at The Playbox Theatre, Sydney, with Paul Weingott and John Trenaman and episodes of Homicide and Matlock Police (1971).
The following year she was to become one of the original cast members of the ground-breaking Cash-Harmon production Number 96. Her character Rose was the daughter and only child of deli owner Aldo Godolfus (Johnny Lockwood).
After leaving Number 96, she appeared in a number of theatre productions: Dear Janet Rosenberg. Dr Mr Kooing,Butterflies are Free, with Lynne Murphy (both in 1972), between 1972-3 appeared in several productions for the South Australian Theatre Company: A Certified Marriage, All of Us or None, Games After Liverpool, The People Show and Measure for Measure.
Returning to Sydney Vivienne joined Rex Cramphorn’s celebrated theatre company ‘Performance Syndicate,’ appearing in The Tempest as both Miranda and Ariel. This was followed by Shakuntala, Muriel, My Shadow and Me, with Michael Ferguson (both in 1974), Mariner, Interplay, Berenice, Scapin (all in 1975) and Loves Labour Lost(1976). Then a national tour with Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi, with Nancye Hayes, Carol Burns and Pat Bishop, As You Like It (both in 1978), The Lady of the Camellias, On Our Selection and Waiting for Godot, both with Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush at the Jane Street Theatre (all in 1979), The House of the Deaf Man, with Joseph Furst, and The Dybbuk (both in 1980), Variations (1982-3), Top Girls, with Carmen Duncan at the Nimrod Theatre and West Australia Theatre Company (1983), The Servant of Two Masters, Extremities (both in 1984), Cheapside (1985) and Top Girlsagain (1986), all at the Nimrod Theatre.
On the small screen Vivienne appeared in episodes of: Division 4 (1973), another of Matlock Police (1974), Cop Shop(1978), the mini-series Bodyline and Mother and Son (both in 1984). In 1975 she appeared on The Norman GunstonShow in a weekly sketch, The Checkout Chicks, appearing with former 96 co-stars Philippa Baker and Abigail. In 1976, she had a small role in the feature film Caddie, with Helen Morse, Ron Blanchard and Lynette Curran.
Since 1988 Vivienne has worked almost exclusively in Western Australia theatre: Bedroom Farce, Europe, Rough Crossing, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Death of Minnie (all in 1988), Whore in a Madhouse and Fundamentals (both in 1989), Death of Minnie, her one woman show (The Studio Theatre, Subiaco – 1990), The Popular Mechanics(1991), Emma (1991,92 & 93), Blood Moon (1993), Witchplay, her one woman show (Perth Institute of Arts – 1993),Brilliant Lies (1994), Dead Funny (winner Swan Gold Best Actress Award), Running for Mr Whippy and Darling Oscar(both in 1995), Burning Time, Blackrock (both in 1996), The Bread Trap and The Vagina Monologues (2001) (also Footbridge Theatre, Syd. 2004), Necessary Targets (Syd 2003 & Vic 2005), Live on Stage (2004), Life x 3 (2007), The Lonely-Hearts Club, Checklist for an Armed Robbery and Equus (all in 2009), The Clean House (also Brisbane 2010), When the Rain Stops Falling (2011), Biddies (Capital and Regional Australian tour-2012), Other Desert Cities (also Brisbane 2013- winner of Best Supporting Actress PAWA-Performing Arts Western Australia) , Red Flowering Gums(2015) and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (2018).
Other television credits include: Seen and Not Heard (Australian Children’s Television), Maths Break (ABC Television), Only Human (Channel 7), Haydaze (1990), Ship to Shore (1993), Sweat (1996), Minty (1998), The Shark Net (2003) and Street Smartz (series 1 & 2). Other feature movie credits are: Boundaries of the Heart, with Wendy Hughes(1988), Let’s Get Skase, with Lachy Hulme (2001) and the supernatural horror film, Needle, with Jessica Marais (2010). Short film credits: P’Arlami D’Amour, Seclusion, Cross Purposes, A Good Time Tonight and Dancing.
Vivienne’s directing credits include Breast Stroke, Ursula Ecstasy, The Spook and Tarfuffe. She has also taught acting at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), voice at ECU (Edith Cowan University) and studied post graduate in voice at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada (1998).