A YOUNG musical theatre lover from Clydebank has been busy performing in a musical production of the popular family film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Nine-year-old Tiana Bainbridge, from Faifley, starred in the show, presented by the Pantheon Club, which ran from October 9-13 at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow, recreating the classic 1968 film.

The youngster played the role of one of a group of Vulgarian children who are imprisoned in the castle after beating off some tough competition.

The number of auditionees went from 300 down to only 24 and Tiana then got chosen for one of the 12 roles available.

She told the Post: “I feel proud of myself for achieving the role. My favourite thing about getting up on stage is the adrenaline you feel when you are up there to entertain people and perform.”

After joining the UK Theatre School in August this year and attending the Dance OFF Academy for four years previously, Tiana has got her heart set on a career in the musical theatre industry.

She added: “My mum always says I am a ‘drama queen’.”

Tiana has also bagged herself a principal role in the UK Theatre School’s Christmas show and has previously won first place at Faifley gala day’s Faifley’s Got Talent competition for her performance of “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney film, Moana.

Christina Bainbridge, Tiana’s mum, said: “From the moment she was born her lungs were loud. Since she has been able to talk and walk, she has been a performer, and her passion for it is unreal.

“I think her having these roles is brilliant, especially at her age. She always puts 120 per cent effort into everything she does. Her singing teacher Marina Kelman has been a total star with guidance, auditions and being a really great mentor.”

Tiana, who attends St Joseph’s Primary, has also earned a role as part of a choir who will be singing on the BBC’s Children in Need show, along with a few other children from the school, and will be visiting the BBC studios next month for the annual charity fund-raiser.