All in a Row is a play by Alex Oates about a family with an 11-year-old child on the autism spectrum. The play explores the experiences of the parents of a nonverbal, sometimes violent, autistic boy and the emotions that they experience on the night before he is taken to a residential school for children with disabilities. The play has had a polarizing effect on critics and audiences for its use of a puppet to portray an autistic child.

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  • All in a Row is a play by Alex Oates about a family with an 11-year-old child on the autism spectrum. The play explores the experiences of the parents of a nonverbal, sometimes violent, autistic boy and the emotions that they experience on the night before he is taken to a residential school for children with disabilities. The play starred Charlie Brooks, Simon Lipkin, Michael Fox, and Hugh Purves, and was produced by Paul Virides Productions at the Southwark Playhouse. An early draft of All in a Row was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and the play was chosen as one of the Bolton Octagon Theatre's Top Five in 2017. It was published by Methuen Drama in 2019. The play has had a polarizing effect on critics and audiences for its use of a puppet to portray an autistic child. (en)
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  • Gary (social worker);
  • Laurence (autistic child)
  • Martin (father);
  • Tamora (mother);
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  • 2019-02-14 (xsd:date)
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  • 2019-01-01 (xsd:date)
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  • Autism spectrum,family drama
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  • Laurence (en)
  • Gary ; (en)
  • Martin ; (en)
  • Tamora ; (en)
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  • Drama (en)
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  • All in a Row (en)
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  • English (en)
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  • 2019-02-14 (xsd:date)
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  • Chris Smyrnios (en)
  • Graham Gilligan (en)
  • Sarah Ziegel (en)
  • Shaun May (en)
  • Stephen Unwin (en)
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  • It is also important to note that they showed a fractured relationship between Tammy and Martin. They rowed often. Personally I didn’t think that Laurence took the blame for this. (en)
  • It's this sense of self-pitying exceptionalism which I think makes All in a Row so misguided and, frankly, so dangerous. The great fight for dignity, decency, and fundamental rights for people with severe disabilities must be rooted in the deepest sense of our shared humanity. Autistic people with high needs are our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, they are ourselves. But if we present them as something uniquely challenging, as a bomb that threatens our sanity, our family life, our capacity for love, they will inevitably end up being abused, neglected and forgotten. (en)
  • [The decision was made] in the interest of child protection: the themes and some dialogue in the play are of an adult nature; also there was a desire to honestly depict the challenges of caring for someone with Laurence’s particular behaviour and needs, which meant portraying a certain physicality that would be unsafe for a child performer. We understand that this has been controversial but within the aims of the project, and context of the piece, we support the decision by the writer and creative team on the show to use puppetry as a way to depict the character of Laurence. (en)
  • It was a brave play. To show the severe side of autism. It is a play which everyone should see, just to get a glimpse of how life is for some families with all its stresses. It should be compulsory viewing for everyone who works alongside children with severe autism, the social workers, the decision makers who don’t always see autism at first hand. I actually don’t know if I would recommend it to my friends who have children with severe autism. It is deeply upsetting. It may be too hard for them to watch but for them to know their story is being told may be enough. I thought of my friends, whose children have had to move out of their homes and I cried. I cried for them all. (en)
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  • All in a Row is a play by Alex Oates about a family with an 11-year-old child on the autism spectrum. The play explores the experiences of the parents of a nonverbal, sometimes violent, autistic boy and the emotions that they experience on the night before he is taken to a residential school for children with disabilities. The play has had a polarizing effect on critics and audiences for its use of a puppet to portray an autistic child. (en)
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