Coram Boy

Based on Jamila Gavin’s novel, Helen Edmudson’s intelligent adaptation takes you to the time of Industrial Revolution and exposes the hypocrisies of aristocratic England to reveal the true and ugly face of capitalism, built on the blood and sweat of the oppressed. A complex mesh of fortunate and unfortunate events unfolds revealing stories of love, hate, sacrifice, greed, friendship, betrayal and murders mesmerizing the audience for 2.5 hours.

Utilising the Kings Cross Theatre space optimally using minimalistic stage design and props bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company team presented a flawless presentation which engaged and intrigued audience completely. The concepts of carriage, ship and sea waves cleverly displayed through human cluster forms left the audience in awe. Execution at its best, live performance of independent theatre at its best! Coram Boy is a must watch.

The most remarkable was the performance of the actors! Each and every actor performed to perfection and brought their roles to life. Joshua McElroy as Mish/Mishak imitated the innocent helplessness of a boy who has never known love however knows nothing but to give love. Joshua Wiseman in Thomas Ladbury’s role makes one desire a friend I wish I had, on the other hand Lloyd Allison-Young gave goose bumps and brought out raw hatred with his outstanding performance as Otis Gardiner and Philip Gaddam. “The silk on your back, the sugar in your tea, all of this – all wealth comes from the suffering of others.” Adrianne Sgouros as Mrs Lynch was so convincing playing the silent house keeper erupting into the angry vibrant voice of the oppressed.

The outstanding performance of the actors is complimented by the brilliant lighting design by Benjamin Brockman, and composition and sound design by Nate Edmondson. Directors John Harrison and Michael Dean did a fine task of building this invincible team of cast and crew who executed this complex play so picture perfect that it left the audience asking for more at the end. Tackling the gory and dark issues of human trafficking, infanticide, and slavery, Coram Boy still depicts a story of hope, friendship and love and encourages dialogue between the monsters and angels within us.

Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, based on Jamila Gavin’s novel Directed by John Harrison & Michael Dean
Photo © Clare Hawley

by One-eyed Jacks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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