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Acting makes me happy, says #autistic performing arts student

A performing arts student, who this year went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has set his sights on working in film and TV and says that autism should not be a barrier to people achieving in life.

Lars Carr, 21, embraces inclusivity and says barriers are slowly breaking down for those with a disability and neurological conditions, but believes there is still more to be done.

“I just love being on stage,” said Lars who has a diagnosis of lower autism. “Acting makes me happy.

“Things are improving but it would be good to see more inclusive production companies,” he said.

A student at Cambridge Regional College, Lars is a member of Bedazzle, a theatre company open to disabled and non-disabled actors of all ages.

He performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with the play “I’m NonTypical Typical” and is a member of Trinity Arts. While at school he was a member of Soham-based production company, Viva, and has performed at various venues including the Cambridge Junction.

“In the Fringe performance I played the part of a boy who was bullied at school. I’m happy to say I never experienced that myself so I feel lucky,” said Lars who is aiming to work in film or TV and make a career out of acting.

Lars has previously performed “Made in Dagenham” at the Fringe with Viva and says he takes his inspiration from acting hero Daniel Radcliffe.

“I love Harry Potter films. Daniel is the best actor around,” he said.

Now into his final year of a Level 3 Performing Arts course, Lars is considering next steps and he says there needs to be more comnpanies nationally like Bedazzle, Viva and Trinity Arts who embarace inclusivity.

“I have had a really good time at Cambridge Regional College and hope to carry on by going to either drama school or university,” he said.

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