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Appears inAll in a Row (2014)

Laurence is a main character in the British play All in a Row.

Character creation[edit]

The play is inspired by director Alex Oates' own experience with working with autistic children for over 10 years.[1]


Whereas the other characters are played by real people, Lawrence is represented by a life-size puppet, operated by puppeteer Hugh Purves. The puppet has a grey-ish skintone.


Laurence is described as "autistic, non-verbal, and occasionally violent".[2]


Among other things, the choice to have Laurence portrayed by an puppet rather than a real child actor drew significant controversy and sparked the Twitter hashtag #puppetgate.