Coram Boy

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Coram Boy is a children's novel by Jamila Gavin. Published in 2000, it won Gavin a Whitbread Children's Book Award.[1] The story follows the deserted son of the heir to Ashbrook Estate, Aaron and Toby, a young boy saved from an African slave ship, as their lives become closely involved. The story is told in two sections: one takes place in 1751 and the other in 1759.

Stage adaptation[edit]

The book was adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, with music by Adrian Sutton, and played for two runs on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre in 2005-2006 and 2006–2007,[2] also having a brief Broadway production in 2007.[3]

The play received a number of Tony Award,[4] Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award[5] nominations, and a Theatre World Award for Xanthe Elbrick in 2007.[6] Coram Boy was nominated for four Olivier Awards[7] in 2006: for Best New Play (Helen Edmundson), Best Director (Melly Still), Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt), and Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Paul Ritter).

Coram Boy was re-staged in 2011 by Bristol Old Vic at Colston Hall, again directed by Melly Still, and featuring a cast, choir and orchestra from Bristol.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Whitbread Book Awards past winners complete list" (PDF). Costa Book Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Coram Boy". National Theatre. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  3. ^ Andrew Gans (2007-05-27). "Blue Boy: Coram Boy Closes on Broadway May 27". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Coram Boy Awards". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Outer Critics Circle Awards 2006-2007". Outer Critics Circle. Archived from the original on 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  6. ^ Ernio Hernandez (2007-05-22). "Fantasia Barrino and Bill Nighy Among Winners of Theatre World Awards". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Photos: The Full List of 2006 Olivier Awards". February 26, 2006. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-25.