Thu 19 September
SICK! Festival: An Irresponsible Father’s Guide To…
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
Venue: The Studio
“Intelligent and incredibly mischievous”
“Close to the bone and very funny”
“his theme packs a huge emotional punch.. By that extravagant finale you’ll be clapping, singing, laughing, cheering.. maybe even bawling like a baby”
“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”
“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”
“a funny hour of family friendly comedy.. a refreshing tonic to perk you up”