A former member of Cockenzie Drama Group has achieved a lifelong dream by making her debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Successful singer and actress Sarah Laing, who performed with the group when she was at school, has begun performing The Music of Doris Day at the Free Sisters venue, run by the Laughing Horse Free Festival.
The talented 26-year-old is originally from Edinburgh, but spends a lot of time with her family in East Lothian.
She has wanted to pursue a career in the industry since she got a taste of the limelight whilst performing with the group.
Sarah said: “I’ve been going to see shows during the Fringe for as long as I can remember and always dreamed to be the one up there performing.
“I screamed when I got the e-mail confirming my slot, but it didn’t sink in until I took to the stage and saw how many had turned up to see me.”
The one-woman show, which has already enjoyed a successful run at the Big Burns Supper festival in Dumfries and at The Shed in Glasgow, features stories about Day’s life.
It includes renditions of some of her most popular songs, such as Que Sera Sera, Secret Love and Sentimental Journey.
Sarah said: “I remember seeing Calamity Jane for the first time when I was nine and being blown away by Doris’s performance as she not only had a beautiful voice, but was really funny, too.
“I liked how quirky she was and knew that I wanted to perform like her one day.
“Now I’m delighted to be getting the chance to do just that.”
Sarah started dancing classes at the age of five and made her first stage appearance at seven in an amateur production of Carousel. It gave her the performing bug and led to singing, dancing and acting in local shows and pantomimes.
She said: “I joined the Artistic Concert Experience choir when I was 16.
“They put on an annual concert in the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow with a 40-piece orchestra of professional musicians and regularly drew an audience of more than 1000.
“I was lucky enough to have the chance to perform solos and duets.” Last summer, Sarah graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a BA Honours degree in musical theatre.
The Music of Doris Day is being performed at 10.45am each day in the Gothic Room at the Free Sisters, Cowgate. The run ends on August 30.
For more information on the show and Sarah Laing, go to www.sarahlaingsings.co.uk8.