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Coram Boy

Performed: 2nd - 4th April 2009


Dramatised from Jamila Gavin's Whitbread Award winning novel set in 18th century England, Coram Boy is a tale of two orphans at the Coram Hospital for Foundling Children - one an abandoned son of the heir of a great estate, the other rescued from a slave ship - how they got there and how their lives are intertwined with those of slave trader Otis and his son Meshak.

It was written for performance at the National Theatre and prompted Philip Pullman to say:

"A rich and almost gothic drama, full of dastardly villains, cold hearted aristocrats, devoted friends and passionate lovers, set against a background of cruelty, music and murder."

Cast & Crew

Written by: Helen Edmundson (adapted from the novel by Jamila Gavin)

Directed by: Gillie Kerrod & Stephen Finegold

Choreography by: Jez Gregg 

Full cast list (in alphabetical order):

Rosa Alexander

Jenny Birch

Olivia Brown

Rowan Carter

Dario Coates

Susi Colclough

Patrick Costello

Rebecca Crossfield

Ellie Dyson

Aidan Edwards

Rebecca Ellis

Annie Faulds

Joe Ferguson

Joseph Finegold

Rachel Griffiths

Sam Heron

James Hudson

Sophie Hull

Oliver Hull

Mike James

Johnny McQuade

Brigid Murphy

Josie Murphy

Calum Paramor

James Patrick

Rachel Pygott

Isaac Rose

Zoe Slater

Jessica Stanley

James Stewart

Tippy Uhuru

Steph Varley

Lady Benefactor of Coram Hospital

Mrs Lynch

Alice Ashbrook (adult)

Theodore Claymore

Meshak Gardiner

Lady Ashbrook's Maid

Alexander Ashbrook (adult)

Young Mother

Mrs Milcote

Coram Governor, Musicial

Lady Ashbrook

Melissa Milcote (adult)

Choirboy, Trader

Sir William Ashbrook

Miss Price

Alexander Ashbrook

Thomas Ledbury (adult)

Mrs Hendy

Choirboy, Gaddarn's Servant

Gaddarn's Servant

Thomas Ledbury (young)

Isobel Ashbrook (young)

Young Mother

Dr Smith

Otis Gardiner, Philip Gaddarn

Young Mother, Maid

George Frideric Handel, Street Musician

Melissa Milcote (young)

Isobel Ashbrook (adult)

Workhouse Man, Trader

Young Mother

Mrs Claymore


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