Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. In these three intimately connected stories, hope and humanity meet stubborn reality, tracing the tangled history of Jamaica and Britain.
Andrea Levy’s epic novel Small Island, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, journeys from Jamaica to Britain in 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. It premiered at the National Theatre, London, in April 2019, directed by Rufus Norris.
‘Honest, skilful, thoughtful and important. This is Andrea Levy’s big book’ Guardian on Andrea Levy’s Small Island
‘A landmark in the National Theatre’s history: a tumultuous epic about first-generation Jamaican immigrants… skilfully adapted… one of the most important plays of the year’