We are a Highland-based theatre collective aiming to create professional theatre with a focus on local emerging artists. Through our creative practice, we aim to highlight social issues that affect the wider community.
We hope to contribute to a growing culture of professional arts in Inverness and the Highlands, meaning that less emerging artists feel the need to migrate to the central belt in search of opportunities. We also wish to see a more accepting and compassionate community by exploring social issues on stage.
Our directors worked together creatively at the University of the Highlands and Islands on the BA(Hons) Drama and Performance degree. After our graduation, we decided to continue their creative professional journeys by forming a Highlands-based theatre company. Vivid Roots Collective is a reflection of our vision for a sustainable professional arts scene in the Highlands and of the social and political power of theatre.
CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR Laura Walker
Laura is an emerging theatre researcher, producer and director. She graduated in 2020 and is undertaking a Master of Research in 2021/22. She is a co-founder of the Inverness Student Drama Society where she has gained experience in producing and directing. Laura is a member of the National Youth Arts Advisory Group and applies this insight into youth arts strategy to the business management of Vivid Roots Collective.
CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR Keira Smith
Keira is a young, queer, emerging artist based in Inverness. She has worked closely with the Inverness Student Drama Society and Highland Youth Arts Hub and is a current member of the Scottish Youth Theatre’s Revolution Collective. Keira’s expertise is in writing, directing and performing.
CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR Sophie Wink
Sophie’s skills predominantly lie in writing and performing for theatre and she has been involved with both Scottish Youth Theatre and the Traverse Theatre for her writing. Sophie handles the everyday administrative duties within Vivid Roots Collective alongside collaborating on the collective’s creative outputs.
CO-FOUNDER Sophie Bender
Although Sophie Bender is no longer a director of Vivid Roots Collective, she was fundamental in the development and realisation of our vision. Sophie is a BA(Hons) Drama and Performance graduate and emerging director/performer who has a passion for youth arts, In-Yer-Face theatre and physical theatres.