as part of Theatre From London
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation.
SMALL ISLAND embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.
"One of the most important plays of the year." - Guardian
"A spectacular adaptation." - Observer
"A gripping story of the Windrush generation." - The Times
"Breathtaking. An all-encompassing and absorbing production." - WhatsOnStage