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Birmingham Theatre School Graduation show 2008

Coram Boy

adapted by Helen Edmundson
Based on the novel by Jamila Gavin
Directed by John-Paul Cherrington

Higher National Diploma (in The Main House)

Wed 16th & Thurs 17th July at 7.30pm
Fri 18th July at and 7.30pm
Sat 19th July at 2pm and 7.30pm – Graduation Evening – presentation of certificates at end of show

A heartbreaking tale of orphans, angels, murder and music - dramatised from the Whitbread award-winning novel set in 18th-century England.

Winner of the Time Out Live Award for Best Play

In 18th-century Gloucestershire, the evil Otis Gardner preys on unmarried mothers, promising to take their babies (and their money) to Thomas Coram's hospital for foundling children. Instead, he buries the babies and pockets the loot.

But Otis's downfall is set in train when his half-witted son Meshak falls in love with a young girl, Melissa, and rescues the unwanted son she has had with a disgraced aristocrat. The child is brought up in Coram's hospital, and proves to have inherited the startling musical gifts of his father - gifts that ultimately bring about his father's redemption and a heartbreaking family reunion.

'Family shows don't some much more harrowing than this - but nor do they come any finer... as gripping, terrifying, beautiful and moving as anything you will see in the theatre this year... Helen Edmundson's adaptation does full justice to the dark power of the original, while also transforming it into a thrilling piece of theatre' Daily Telegraph

'a highly superior show that should appeal to adults and children alike' Guardian

'If Dickens were writing 150 years after his era... he might well produce something like this wonderfully abundant, munificent version of Jamila Gavin's Whitbread-winning novel' The Times

'A rich and almost Gothic drama' Philip Pullman, Guardian

'Something extraordinary is going on in our theatres...'. Read an article by Michael Morpurgo about the new wave of children's theatre, published in The Guardian at the time of Coram Boy's premiere.

Tickets: £10.00 ( £8.00 concessions (students, oap etc)

Production links

Box Office: 0121 643 5858
The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE. Company No: 699933, Charity No: 245054