Laurie sets sights on stardom after King’s Theatre role

Laurie Coburn
Laurie Coburn

Talented Hawick actress Laurie Coburn hopes her starring performances in Spring Awakening at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre will set her on the path to London’s West End.

The former high school pupil impressed hundreds with her portrayal of Ilse in the MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

The 20-year-old, who is currently studying acting at the Edinburgh-based performing arts academy, was a member of Hawick Amateur Operatic Society, the Two Rivers Theatre Company, the Marshall School of Dancing and the Lesley McFarlane Dance Academy.

She said: “I’ve been lucky to have been given opportunities to sing with a group of local singers who I adored. When I was about 12, I played the role of Annie with the Two Rivers Theatre Company, and from that moment I knew there was nothing else I wanted to do.

Marcella Macdonald, principal of The MGA Academy, said: “We are very proud of Laurie and her outstanding contribution to our production of Spring Awakening.

“We give students extra tools to add to their CV that will allow them to succeed in a range of disciplines when they graduate, and, in this show, they all strongly reflected their improvement as performers.”

Laurie would now like to transfer her talent to cruise ships and, in time, London’s performing arts scene.

She said: “Hopefully, when I’m more experienced, I’ll move to London and see what happens.

“I’ve had the best three years of my life at MGA. The training is exceptional but the best part is the sense of family. We’ve all grown as people and performers.”