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Preview: Nottingham Playhouse's Coram Boy

17 July 19 words: Ashley Carter
photos: Pamela Raith

We take a sneak peak behind the scenes at the rehearsals of Coram Boy, Nottingham Playhouse's biggest live community project to date...

Over 100 community performers and local creatives are working with Nottingham Playhouse to bring the historical epic Coram Boy to the stage this August. 

Based on the award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy tells the tale of Aaron and his best friend Toby. Both are wards of Thomas Coram’s famous Foundling Hospital, which took in children whose mothers were unable to care for them during the eighteenth century. However, as the story unravels the boys uncover the dark underbelly of Georgian society, and the gruesome truth behind the infamous ‘Coram men’ who pretended to work for the hospital.

The play will be directed by Adam Penford, following his successes with both Wonderland and The Madness of George IIIstarring Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough. It also continues Nottingham Playhouse’s long-standing tradition for making ground-breaking theatre with, and for, local people.

Penford, the Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse, said, "Coram Boy is our most ambitious and exciting community project to date. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to be involved and had to make some tough decisions during the audition process. The cast reflects the diversity of our region with participants of all different ages and backgrounds. It’s been so much fun watching them bond and work together to create this complex and moving production. Their work ethic and enthusiasm has infected the whole organisation."

You can check out a full range of rehearsal photos in the gallery below. 

Coram Boy will be on stage from Wednesday 7 - Saturday 10 August 2019. For more information and tickets, visit the Nottingham Playhouse website