‘An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting’ by Laurence Clark
October 6 | 19:00£12
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.
“Wickedly funny” – ★★★★★ Herald
“Intelligent and incredibly mischievous” – ★★★★ Metro
“Close to the bone and very funny” – ★★★★ Scotsman
“an excellent hour, jam-packed with laughs and a delight to watch” ★★★★★One 4 Review
“a funny hour of family friendly comedy.. a refreshing tonic to perk you up” ★★★★★Festival Review
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.