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Coram Boy

On the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, the wealth of England’s aristocracy is built on slavery - and children are its commodities.

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Show: Coram Boy
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Coram Boy

Date: 1 Nov 2019

On the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, the wealth of England’s aristocracy is built on slavery – and children are its commodities.

Alexander and Meshak yearn for a world of beauty and music, a world they can barely touch before it is snatched away again.

Melissa and Thomas must make the best of their limited options, but friendship with the wealthy Ashbrook family may provide as many dangers as opportunities.

Aaron and Toby, abandoned as babies, long to know where they came from.

All will eventually come to know the Coram Man, who takes unwanted children and saves desperate women from ruin … but what does he ask in return?

Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson from Jamila Gavin’s award-winning novel, Coram Boy is a love story and an epic thriller – a tale of mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, children lost and found, betrayal and murder. And the redemption that love brings.

Co-Director John Harrison says: “We wanted to stage something grand in our intimate theatre, but also something that makes us take stock of how we stand as a community today. It’s 300 years after the time of the play but child slavery is on the rise.

“Coram Boy is also a great play for the end of the year – it features events around the first public performance of Handel’s Messiah in 1742 and traditionally performed at Christmas – and I think this is a perfect time to come together to share a story that considers how we treat the most vulnerable members of our community.”

The cast features Rebecca Abdel-Messih, Lloyd Allison-Young, Violette Ayad, Andrew Den, Ryan Hodson, Tinashe Mangwana, Suz Mawer, Emma O’Sullivan, Gideon Payten-Griffiths, Ariadne Sgouros, Annie Stafford, Amanda Stephens-Lee, Petronella Van Tienen, Jack Walton and Joshua Wiseman.

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