John Williams: My Son's Not Rainman
Tickets for John Williams: My Son's Not Rainman at Stockport PlazaJohn is a stand-up comedian and single dad.
His son is 12 years old and autistic...he isn’t a genius. His only special power is making his dad laugh. A lot.
This is their story.
Patron Warning - This show contains mild swearing
Autism comedian and author John Williams takes to the stage for the final performance of his show My Son’s Not Rainman in aid of Stockport social enterprise AuKids magazine.
The show first premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. My Son’s Not Rainman was the result of John’s popular blog about his experiences as a single dad raising a son with autism and in 2015 was featured on Radio 4 as one of journalist Robert Peston’s Picks of the Year. Last year, a book of the same title was published by Michael O’ Mara.
AuKids magazine is an award-winning parenting magazine for children on the autism spectrum and is one of 16 good causes shortlisted for Vernon Building Society’s Jubilee Fund this year.
AuKids Co-editor Debby Elley says: “I wanted to fundraise for AuKids with a show that people would really benefit from. John describes his life with refreshing and hilarious honesty. His performance expresses his immense love for his son combined with self-deprecating humour and is powerful and heart-warming at the same time. It highlights the clash of cultures between the autistic world and the non-autistic one. As parents of autistic kids, we end up laughing at ourselves, which I think is very healthy. For anyone connected with autism, it’s unmissable”.
Last year, John’s book marked the end of the road for My Son’s Not Rainman. His son was growing up and the story was ever-changing. John didn’t want to get stuck in a time warp. His November performance will be John’s final airing of My Son’s Not Rainman.
The entire team at AuKids is so grateful to John Williams and Stockport Plaza for supporting the magazine – and to the audience for having a laugh whilst helping our social enterprise.
Photo credit - Andy Hollingworth