Laura Barnard

Award: Fleming Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Musical Theatre

Location: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Website: http://www.hattonmcewanpenford.com/actresses.html

Coming from a small village in Suffolk with single parents, Laura started out with the National Youth Music theatre after auditioning for their 2014 season in London. She was cast in their production of Benjamin Till's 'Brass', a story of the Leeds pals who heroically lost their lives in the battle of the Somme and the Barnbow women they left behind. Laura appeared as Eliza and the production went on to win a prestigious Uk Theatre award and had an original cast recording produced that year. She's since appeared in several productions with the NYMT including Brunger and Cleary's new commission 'Prodigy' and reprising her role 'Eliza' at the Hackney Empire in the 2016 production of Brass directed by Hannah Chissick. Laura will be performing as Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at The Other Palace this August.

Laura is currently training in Ba Hons Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and after gaining representation last year is beginning to audition professionally.

Laura does not come from a wealthy background and without the financial support from organisations such as the 'Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award' it would make studying in London something unattainable. The money will also support her professional development, housing and getting her industry ready. She is eternally grateful for the financial help she has received from the Ian Fleming Award and other organisations that have also helped and believed in her during her time training, including the Laurence Olivier bursary award and the Leverhume Scholarship scheme.

Without organisations like Help Musicians UK, people like Laura who come from humble beginnings can achieve things they were always told were out of reach. It is unfathomable that without these organisations the amount of talented struggling artists that would slip through the net would just rise and rise and it's so important to acknowledge the important role they play in the current performing arts scene.

Laura is looking forward to her final year of training and cannot wait to see what the future holds and thanks the Creative Programme team once again for supporting her in her future.

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