Sayan was, for four years, a songwriter/ performer with The Hot Doris Band who performed nationally in any venue that would have them. One of her fond memories of that time is that she always carried gaffer tape and string with her to fix the dodgy pianos, with hindsight a tuning fork would have been more useful. She eventually got an electronic piano. Mainly, The Hot Doris Band was a live band that had a lot of fun.

They made a few TV and radio appearances, including winning the studio vote on ‘Bob Says Opportunity Knocks’ with Bob Monkhouse, and then being knocked off the top spot the following week by 9-year-old Toni Warne. They also often played at the Theatre Royal Stratford East’s celebrated Variety Nights, compered by Kate Williams and Barry Cryer. They were the opening act of ‘Before The Act’, a gala to support the fight against Section 28 at the Piccadilly Theatre which featured an amazing cast of performers including Judi Dench, The Pet Shop Boys, detailed here by Ian McKellen

They also performed at the Manchester Free Trade Hall on the night of the, now historic, Manchester March against Section 28. An incredible day and night of protest alongside acts such as Tom Robinson, Jimmy Somerville, Erasure and many more.

With Matthew Cottle in Relatively Speaking
With Matthew Cottle in Relatively Speaking

As an actor, Sayan has played leading roles in many regional theatres. Some favourites include Jill Rillington in Man of the Moment, Eustacia Vye in The Return Of The Native, Giny in Relatively Speaking.

With Robin Kingsland in She Stoops to Conquer
With Robin Kingsland in She Stoops to Conquer

She was in the original production of Lin Coghlan’s A Feeling in My Bones with Roy Williams, John Dower and Rosy Fordham, directed by Philip Osment at Theatre Centre, and was in Kali Theatre’s first production, Song for A Sanctuary by Rukhsana Ahmad, directed by Rita Wolf. Whilst at the New Vic Stoke she was also in one of Peter Cheeseman’s musical documentaries.

With Leda Hodgson in The Dramatic Attitudes of Miss Fanny Kemble

She has also made appearances in Coronation Street, Eastenders, Moveable Feasts, The Bill, The Big Battalions, The Paradise Club, Young Soul Rebels, Doctors.

The Mummy's Tomb, Worcester Swan Theatre, With Donovan Carey
With Donovan Carey in The Mummy’s Tomb