Laughing Boy

Author(s): Stephen Unwin after Justice for Laughing Boy by Sara Ryan Company: Jermyn Street co-production with Theatre Royal Bath Running time: 1h 40min approx

Laughing Boy is a true story. It is the story of Connor Sparrowhawk. Connor is 18 and is, well … Connor. He loves buses, Eddie Stobart, and Lego. He‘s also autistic and has learning disabilities. When he dies an entirely preventable death in NHS care, his mum Sara can’t get a straight answer as to how it happened. But Sara and her family won’t stop asking questions and soon an extraordinary campaign emerges. Demanding the truth, it uncovers a scandal of neglect and indifference that goes beyond Connor’s death to thousands of others.

This is that story but is also a portrait of Connor himself - a young man who generated enormous joy in his family and friends, a boy who was surrounded by laughter and love wherever he went.

Both personal and political, Sara Ryan’s impassioned, frank, and surprisingly funny story bursts onto the stage for the first time.


Venue: Jermyn Street Theatre, London Dates:


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