An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting by Laurence Clark

The acclaimed comedian comes to Storyhouse Running from
Next event: Sunday 8 September at 7.30pm
  • £12
    Aged Under 26: £10
    Disabled: £10
    Each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee
  • Garret Theatre

Part of: Storyhouse Parent

Comedian Laurence Clark starred in BBC1’s documentary We Won’t Drop the Baby, following his family’s journey as they welcomed their second child, with the show recently being uploaded to YouTube. The response it received worldwide was at times inspirational and uplifting – at others, derogatory and incredibly personal. Laurence’s show explores these reactions, and questions his role as a father with cerebral palsy – with the help of his two young sons, who undoubtedly steal the limelight with their charming and innocent view of their parents.

Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from dehydration. But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line.

Putting the audience in the driver seat, An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting gives a comic, brutally honest and charming account of what it’s really like to be a disabled parent. It both challenges and engages and has the potential to reach new audiences by exploring the commonality and differences in the experiences of disabled and non-disabled fathers. If Laurence is an irresponsible father then it is probably more to do with balancing his wife’s crutches on his son’s baby walker to make him look like a Dalek!

A hilarious, moving and interactive piece that asks some tough questions about society and the perceptions that we have on those who do not follow societal norms.


Approx 100 mins

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Wickedly funny
Intelligent and incredibly mischievous
Close to the bone and very funny
an excellent hour, jam-packed with laughs and a delight to watch

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