Preview: Sarah Laing in Music of Doris Day

Sarah Laing sings Doric Day. Pic: Comp
Sarah Laing sings Doric Day. Pic: Comp
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Sarah’s secret love’s no secret any more after her Fringe debut singing the music of her heroine Doris Day.

FORMER Boroughmuir High pupil Sarah Laing fulfilled a long held dream yesterday, when she made her Fringe debut in The Music of Doris Day, at the Free Sisters in The Cowgate.

The singer and actress from Greenbank grew up attending the Fringe and admits she couldn’t wait to bring some vintage charm to the festival with her one-woman show.

“I have been going to see shows during the Fringe for as long as I can remember and always dreamed of being the one up there performing,” says the 26-year-old.

“I love the buzz that is around Edinburgh during August and have always wanted to be right in the middle of it all.

“The fact that I’m actually performing at the world’s biggest arts festival hasn’t quite sunk in yet – I actually screamed when I got the email confirming my slot.”

Laing, who studied musical theatre at university, has wanted to pursue a career in the industry since she got her first role as Dorothy in a Brownie’s production of The Wizard of Oz at Greenbank Parish Church.

She recalls, “I am just as excited about stepping into Doris’s shoes as I was stepping into Dorothy’s ruby slippers when I was nine.

“This is an absolute dream come true for me and I can’t hope that everyone who comes along enjoys my performance.”

The Fringe will certainly give Laing her biggest platform to date. the performer is more used to playing slightly more informal settings.

“I regularly perform in care homes in Edinburgh as I love engaging with the residents, many of whom have dementia, and using music to try to tap into their memories,” she explains.

The show, which enjoyed a successful run at the Big Burns Supper Festival in Dumfries earlier this year, relates stories about Doris Day’s life as well as featuring renditions of some of her most popular songs such as Que Sera Sera, Secret Love and Sentimental Journey.

Laing says, “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 also really quirky and funny.”

The Music of Doris Day, Gothic Room, Free Sisters, Cowgate, until 30 August,10.45am, free