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'Lockdown has helped my dream of acting take centre stage'

After her master's in screenwriting was shut down, Laura Lynott found an online course that reignited a long-lost childhood ambition

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Laura Lynott has been doing acting classes from home. Photo: Mark Condren

Laura Lynott has been doing acting classes from home. Photo: Mark Condren

Journalist Laura Lynott on a call with her lecturer Emmet Kelly. Photo: Mark Condren

Journalist Laura Lynott on a call with her lecturer Emmet Kelly. Photo: Mark Condren

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Laura Lynott has been doing acting classes from home. Photo: Mark Condren

With lockdown has come stress, anxiety and feelings of loss, but as isolation persists, a fire in me suppressed for more than two decades has been awakened.

In the first couple of weeks of confinement, I went through a period of mourning, which I imagine was quite normal at that time. I'd been studying a screenwriting Masters at IADT in Dun Laoghaire and the doors had closed, along with every college and school across the country.

Like many others, I knew I wouldn't be able to see my partner, who lives several kilometres from my home in north county Dublin, or catch up with friends over a glass of wine or coffee for some time.