Centre stage and a day with the stars for little Agatha ...

Agatha King visited the cast and crew of Hairspray at the Edinburgh Playhouse. � Lesley Martin 2016
Agatha King visited the cast and crew of Hairspray at the Edinburgh Playhouse. � Lesley Martin 2016

Star-struck Agatha King (5) from Cupar got the opportunity to meet some of the performers from her favourite musical, Hairspray.

The brave little girl, whose passion for the film is helping her through gruelling cancer treatment, delivered a handwritten good luck message when she met the cast of the smash hit West End show this week.

� Lesley Martin 2016

� Lesley Martin 2016

Joining them onstage after the show at the Edinburgh Playhouse was a dream come true for Agatha, who also received a Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Award in partnership with TK Maxx.

The youngster has been fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia since February last year, and to help take her mind off her treatment she enjoys singing along to the 2007 movie starring John Travolta.

Agatha’s mum Karen (40), said: “She is a born performer who loves drama and musicals,.

‘‘Hairspray is our favourite and so we were so so excited to see the show and to meet the cast.

Agatha met her favourite character Penny Singleton who is played by Monique Young.'� Lesley Martin 2016

Agatha met her favourite character Penny Singleton who is played by Monique Young.'� Lesley Martin 2016

“Agatha’s dad Kevin nominated her for a Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Award for bravery. She certainly deserves one.

“She’s put up with everything the doctors have thrown at her. She’s had to cope with needles and with losing her hair, as well as not seeing her friends because she’s so prone to infection. She’s given up an awful lot and been very brave - and always with a smile on her face.”

Following the show, Agatha met Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan, X Factor favourite Brenda Edwards and Brookside star Claire Sweeney, as well as Benidorm’s Tony Maudsley as Edna Turnblad.

Karen said: “It has been amazing to take her along and see her so excited.

“When she was diagnosed with cancer it was very scary.

‘‘She was only four-years-old and I was 16 weeks pregnant. We now have baby Meredith and we also have a three-year-old son Bacchus so there’s a lot going on.

“Agatha’s diagnosis impacted on our life in more ways than anyone can imagine. No two days are the same and it’s hard to plan anything with her health being so up and down.

“From here, we really hope things are going to get easier for her.

“We really want to support Cancer Research UK because the more people who know about childhood cancer the better.

‘‘If we can help raise some money to help children like Agatha in the future to get better then that’s all a
good thing.”