Coram Boy

adptd. by Helen Edmundson based on the novel by Jamila Gavin 28 Aug 2022 - 1 Sep 2022
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This amateur production is by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

A gripping tale of abandonment, exploitation, music and love.

The “Coram Man” promises a safe haven for the unwanted babies of the unmarried women in 18th Century Gloucestershire. But what he delivers could not be further from this….. Meanwhile the first-born son of Lord Ashbrook defies his father in order to follow his passion- music. Although poles apart, the fates of these two characters become horribly intertwined in this haunting historic drama.

Spanning the course of 8-years, the story leads us to the Thomas Coram Hospital for Foundlings in London, where the German composer George Frideric Handel is developing his new work, the Messiah. 

A breathless tale of being lost and found in a world of child cruelty and human trafficking, but also infused with love and the transformative power of music.

Coram Boy was adapted by Helen Edmundson from the children’s novel of the same name by Jamila Gavin, which won Whitbread Book of the Year in 2000. The play premiered at the National Theatre in 2005 to great acclaim and 4 Olivier award nominations, including Best New Play.

Tower Theatre Company