Largs actress and singer Pat Nicol has fulfilled an ambition by getting a backing band.

The experienced Largs Players performer will be lead singer to the musicians in the forthcoming musical, Invisible, at Lounge Clubroom in Main Street in four shows in July.

The former depute head teacher will also play one of the lead roles in "the musical for head cases" alongside musicians Robin Lucas, John McMeekin and Alan Leyden. The ten songs in the show were written by Robin who was a professional singer songwriter in London with a script written by former editor Drew Cochrane.

Pat who has starred as a soloist in many local shows at Barrfields Pavilion Theatre is enjoying being the singer in the SHIMS band in what has proved to be a fast-moving entertainment.

Last year SHIMS (Scottish Head Injuries Musical Support group) took part in the Largs Players Comedy Theatre with a workshop version of Invisible.

Now, the musical, which showcases The Sunshine Club of people who have battled back from acquired brain injury, has had a successful test run at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine.

Director Drew Cochrane said: "It has been inspirational to see the show develop as a platform for Robin's great music and for guys, who were on their death bed, to step forward as performers. I managed to persuade experienced actors like Pat, George Whitestone and Gordon McMurray to join the cast with the Sunshine Club members.  This is different from anything we've ever done before."

It is planned to sit the audience cabaret-style in the Clubroom at all four shows on Fridays and Saturdays, July 6, 7, 20 and 21 at 8pm but it does mean that the tickets (£8) will be limited. They can be purchased at Lounge (01475 689968) or Lounge with all proceeds going to SHIMS.