A BUDDING Gourock actress is making her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe this weekend.

Claire Docherty, 22, is starring in not one but two shows — and says she can’t wait.

The former Gourock High and Clydeview Academy pupil features in both Deep Fried and Out at the Black Market venue in Market Street.

Claire said: “It’s my first year at the Fringe.

“It’s so much fun and so exciting.

“Deep Fried is a comedy set in a fast-food restaurant and it is very funny and quite rude.”

The second show she will be in, Out, is billed as a thought-provoking comedy with lots of singing and dancing.

The show revolves around a group of women trying to escape the confines of their normal lives by using friendship and imagination. 

The show is produced by all-female Pretty Knickers Theatre Company, which was co-founded by Claire in 2016 with fellow students on her acting degree at Edinburgh Napier/Queen Margaret University.

The group performed a 15-minute section of the show at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow and a full show to a sell-out audience at The Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh.

Claire, from Trumpethill, caught the acting bug when she was young.

She was taught by drama teacher Carol Fry at the Arts Guild and was a member of Kayos Theatre Company before starting a course at Langside College in Glasgow.

She said: “I’ve been acting my whole life but it’s really exciting performing at the Edinburgh Fringe — it’s a big deal.

“It’s been non-stop. I’ve been rehearsing and working weekends in a pub.”

Claire’s parents Brian and Joyce have already booked their tickets but her brother Michael is a bit too far away, as he develops mobile apps in Seattle in the United States.

Deep Fried opens at the pop-up venue Black Market on Market Street today between 2 and 3pm and runs until August 15.

Out runs at the same venue and times between August 16 and August 26.