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Friday, 07 January 2022 10:26

Laura Harling, founder of The Dot Collective, joins us for an Industry Talk

Laura Harling The Dot CollectiveGraduating students attended a talk given by Laura Harling, Artistic Director of The Dot Collective.

Her talk was an inspiring reminder of the sheer expanse of the industry and the audiences that can and should be reached.

A DSL alumna herself, Laura has enjoyed an extensive acting career across theatre, film and television. In 2016 she founded The Dot Collective, a charity who provide innovative theatre of a high, professional standard that’s accessible and cognitively stimulating for those living in care, particularly with dementia.

Laura discussed the pleasures and complexities of working in the specialised field of Theatre in the Community. She highlighted that the aim of The Dot Collective was to challenge the perception of Theatre in the Community as something amateur or less respected than professional quality productions, rather it has a valuable impact on their audiences.

Laura is currently working with graduating actors from the BA (Hons) in Professional Acting to devise two new Christmas productions – The Snow Queen and The Elves and the Shoemaker. These productions will tour residential care homes and community performance spaces in London.

To read BA (Hons) graduating actor, Tess Chalmer’s blog about the talk, please click here.

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