Coram Boy
    By Helen Edmundson

    19:45, Tue 17th – Sat 21st November 2015 at ADC Theatre
    Michaelmas Week 6

    Based on Jamila Gavin’s novel and first staged at the National Theatre in 2005, Coram Boy is an emotionally overwhelming play set against the backdrop of adolescent love, abandoned babies, cruelty, murder, social prejudice, friendship and the music of 18th century England.

    At the heart of this play is the story of two boys from very different backgrounds. Alexander, the son of Lord Ashbrook and a musical prodigy, runs away from a life of duty as heir to the family estate in pursuit of personal and creative freedom. Meshak Gardiner is the impoverished, mentally-damaged son of the sinister Otis – a man who promises a better life for abandoned children. During their troubled adolescence these very different life journeys become intrinsically bound, particularly through Aaron, the illegitimate son Alexander unwittingly leaves behind.

    Though Aaron starts his life in the Coram Hospital for Foundlings, as he grows into a young man it becomes clear that he has inherited his father’s musical ability, a gift that could ultimately reunite his family.


    Meshak Gardiner/Mish
    Thomas Ledbury
    Toby Gaddarn
    Older Alexander
    Melissa Milcote
    Isobel Ashbrook
    Mrs Lynch
    Mrs Milcote
    Mrs Hendry
    Alice Ashbrook
    Edward Ashbrook
    Sir William Ashbrook
    George Frideric Handel
    Lady Ashbrook
    Dr Smith/Ensemble
    Theodore Claymore/Ensemble
    Molly Jenkins/Ensemble
    Alexander Ashbrook/Aaron Dangerfield
    Miss Price/Ensemble
    Otis Gardiner/Philip Gaddarn


    Violin 1 –
    Violin 2 –
    Cello –
    Keyboard –
    Viola –

    Production Team

    Assistant Director
    Set Designer
    Set Painter
    Technical Director
    Master Carpenter
    Stage Manager
    Deputy Stage Manager
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Costume Designer
    Publicity Designer
    Lighting Designer
    Chief Electrician
    Musical Director
    Assistant Musical Director - Vocal –
    Assistant Musical Director - Instrumental –
    Assistant Producer
    Costume Designer
    Sound Designer
    Assistant Stage Manager ,
    Projection Designer –