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On Tour: Laurence Clark - An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

At Theatres Nationwide

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Sept / Oct / Nov 2019

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Laurence Clark - An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

at Theatres Nationwide

Sept / Oct / Nov 2019

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.

Laurence brings his Tour show to theatres and arts centres nationwide, this Autumn.

"He wittily prods at society's ideas of responsibility and irresponsibility...a warm and funny hour of assumption smashing”
– ★★★★ Guardian


"Wickedly funny”
– ★★★★★ The Herald


"Intelligent and incredibly mischievous”
– ★★★★ Metro


"Close to the bone and very funny”
– ★★★★ Scotsman


"his theme packs a huge emotional punch.. By that extravagant finale you’ll be clapping, singing, laughing, cheering.. maybe even bawling like a baby" Fest Mag

The laughs come regularly in a continual flow of chuckles and guffaws.. in a tightly-scripted Fringe affair that balances light-hearted banter with real issues” The List 

an excellent hour, jam-packed with laughs and a delight to watch” ★★★★★One 4 Review 

 “Clark’s humour is warm & mischievous & although, at times, close to the bone.. it’s delivered in a way that never offends.. Clark is a fighter & a witty pragmatist to boot.. made me laugh and smile from beginning to end” ★★★★Broadway Baby 

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.

 “An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting was the highlight of my 2018 Edinburgh Fringe experience. Laurence has the brilliant ability of balancing difficult issues and comedy banter while still maintaining the gravity behind these topicsMairead Folan, Galway Theatre Festival

Laurence Clark’s observational, political stand-up, and filmed stunts, demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour, by seeing the world through his eyes, with humour and warmth.

He has a long comedy pedigree, having appeared on BBC’s The One Show, as Shortlist’s Funniest New Comedian, an Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards finalist, and is currently developing a sitcom for Channel 4. He’s an internationally-acclaimed comedian, writer and actor who also has cerebral palsy.

He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield.

With television appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Laurence has been a presenter for BBC Newsnight, and is a prolific writer.

On Tour: Laurence Clark - An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting On Tour: Laurence Clark - An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

See the show at:

6th April 2019
The Wellcome Collection, London

7th April 2019
The Wellcome Collection, London

8th September 2019
The Storyhouse, Chester

19th September 2019
The Lowry, Salford

28th September 2019
The Royal Court, Liverpool

12th October 2019
Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

19th October 2019
City Wide Arts Festival, Stoke on Trent

22nd October 2019
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

9th November 2019
Beggars Theatre, Millom

14th November 2019
Ffwrnes, Llanelli

21st November 2019
Little Theatre, Chorley

24th November 2019
The Stables, Milton Keynes

30th November 2019
The Queens Hall, Hexham

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