Laughing Boy
Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781839043536Publication Date:
2 May 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 112 pages ISBN: 9781788508063Publication Date:
2 May 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 2024

Laughing Boy (stage version)

By Stephen Unwin Original author Sara Ryan

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On Stage at:
Jermyn Street Theatre, London
From Thu 25 Apr 2024 to Sat 25 May 2024
Theatre Royal, Bath
From Tue 4 Jun 2024 to Sat 8 Jun 2024

Connor is, well, Connor. He loves buses, Eddie Stobart and Lego. He also 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.

Sara Ryan's impassioned, frank and surprisingly funny memoir Justice for Laughing Boy is adapted for the stage by Stephen Unwin. It was first performed at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in 2024, in a co-production with Theatre Royal Bath.

Extra Content: 'People like Connor are still left to die in squalor': the truth, joy and tragedy behind Laughing Boy. Read an article on the background to the play, published in The Guardian, 22 April 2024.

'So much magic. So much love. So much laughter. So much work. So much rage. And so many tears.'

Press Quotes

'An urgent look at our broken care system... compelling and heartfelt... a mighty testimony that will leave you furious'

The Times

'A moving story about love, laughter and the indomitability of one family's fighting spirit... deft and shocking'


'Heartfelt and colourful... a story told with love and fury'


'Hard hitting... balances the procession of grim, galling details against humanising, light-hearted moments... succeeds both as a tribute to Connor's family, and as a galvanising call for deeper compassion and greater support'

The Stage

'Powerful... hideously timely... a shocking story'

Evening Standard

'Gripping and thought-provoking'

Reviews Hub

'A bittersweet docu-play about brutal neglect and apathy... a beautiful elegiac celebration of Connor Sparrowhawk's life and what it means to fight for someone you love... effective and enormously touching'

Broadway World

'Startling and impassioned'


'Touching... properly unnerving... always gripping and informative'


'A very powerful, beautifully written play that deserves to be seen as widely as possible'

Paperback,112 pages ISBN: 9781839043536Publication Date:
2 May 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,112 pages ISBN: 9781788508063Publication Date:
2 May 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
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Also by Stephen Unwin:

La Ronde
The Complete Brecht Toolkit
So You Want To Be A Theatre Director?
Ibsen's A Doll's House
All Our Children

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