FAF Presents: Laurence Clarke with Support by Paul Henshall

BBC1 documentary star and comedian Laurence Clark brings ‘An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting’ to FRONTLINE Arts Festival.

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.

‘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 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.

The evening will introduce Paul Henshall, who will be making his SOT debut as a stand up comedian… Join North Staffs born Paul for quick fire observational and surreal stand-up ! Paul can’t afford a Harley, so this is his midlife crisis!

Paul is best know for his TV credits which include; Dr Dean West: Holby City, Paul Ball: I’m With Stupid, Michael Scant: A Thing Called Love, Ollie Beresford: Casualty, David Hobbs: Playing the Field, all for BBC. Prankster: Off Their Rockers – Blue Badge Special, ITV

Paul was the first disabled person in the country to gain a qualification in stage combat from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, and in 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University for services to acting and the promotion of disabled actors.

Please book your tickets in advance from the eventbrite page. There’s no up front cost, you Pay What You Decide on the night!

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