A SINGER from Gourock who has performed all over the world is bringing his own show to a home crowd at the Beacon.

Scott Nichol, 27, is now based in London after his stage career took off, but he has never forgotten his roots.

He wants to give back to the community and will be performing locally in aid of Ardgowan Hospice and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

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Scott, who went to Gourock High and Clydeview Academy, said: "This is a new show especially for the Beacon, it's a different type of show. It will be my story so far."

The stage star is drafting in budding local talents to take part in the gig, from the Theatre School for Scotland based in Greenock.

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The Apprentice star Reece Donnelly from the Theatre School of Scotland, a personal friend of Scott's, will also be there on the night. 

Scott honed his skills with local drama group Kayos and then at the UK Theatre School in Glasgow. At 17 he landed a place at the famous Italia Conti Theatre School.

He said: "I got work with a UK company and went to the Caribbean. Then I came back to London and danced with The Vamps on the Ant and Dec Saturday Takeaway Show on television.

"I also took part in Strictly Come Dancing and got the chance to dance with Judy Murray. She couldn't dance but she gave it a go and I was thrilled because I am a big Andy Murray fan."

Scott spent five years travelling the world singing on cruise ships with the Viking line.

He told the Tele: "It was an amazing experience, we got to go round the Great Lakes in America, Africa and all over Europe. I started by doing my own show, firstly I was part of a group of 14, then it went down to four singers then a solo show.

"It's a bit of a mix, with some swing, Rat Pack stuff, a bit of modern pop, country, Scottish and American.

Scott's family, his parents Susan and Brian, brother Ben and sister Lauren are delighted he will be having a homecoming gig and they will all be in the audience cheering him on.

He said: "I have not performed in Inverclyde for 10 years.

"The reason for the show in 2014 was that I had to raise a lot of money to go to drama school. Even though I got a scholarship it was expensive.

"I got a lot of support from the community and now I am in that position to give something back."

Scott says the hospice is a cause close to his heart.

He said: "I know they do such amazing work, my grandad come through the other side of cancer but he got great help from the hospice.

"I've also chosen CAMHS because my sister went through a tough time for a couple of years and not a lot of people know about the work it does.

"I'm hoping to get someone from both organisations along to the show to speak a little of what they do."

As well as giving local kids a platform to showcase their talents, Scott has also lined up some special guests including rising star Cherry West, who recently featured on BBC Scotland' The Nine.

He is also looking for some sponsorship for the production to bring even bigger names to enhance the show.

Scott Nichol, My Journey So Far takes place at the Beacon Arts Centre on May 24 at 7.30pm.

For tickets see www.beaconartscentre.co.uk/events/scott-nichol-my-journey-so-far

If anyone wants to sponsor the show they cam email Scott on scottnichol24@gmail.com