Finding new cast members is child's play for Sell A Door

THEY'RE a little like the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, those folks at Sell A Door theatre company.

Having arrived at the Fringe one cast member down, the multi-award-winning company are prowling the Royal Mile each day in search of a budding young actor to play Jim in their production of The Railway Children.

Aiming to cast a different child in every show is a bold move, and if you would like your child to become part of this exciting production, following the likes of Cameron Dunn, aged eight, from Livingston, then make your way to the Royal Mile. You can also e-mail [email protected].

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The Railway Children takes place at C Plaza, George Square, at 2.45pm daily (except August 16).

Raising the Ruthie

WEST End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall has sent the Random Act Theatre Company a good luck message for their show Putting It Together?

"I wish you every success," wrote Henshall. "I had a fabulous time performing in the show on Broadway and I am thrilled there is a production occurring during Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday year. Break a leg guys - I know you'll be great."

Liz gets the jazz buzz

WATCH out SuBo, there's a new voice in town. Liz Dicks always wanted to sing but could never work out how to do it. A jazz workshop opened the door. She received such a buzz out of it that she took to the stage.

"I'm just an old granny born in East Calder," says the 68-year-old. "I sung in public for the first time four years ago and didn't do much for the next couple of years.

"I decided I'd better do the Fringe last year because who knows whether I will be able to do it in the future. However, here I am again."

You can catch Liz live at St Bride's, Orwell Terrace, this Friday at 7.30pm.