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Small Island (25 Apr-10 Aug) Small Island (25 Apr-10 Aug)
Small Island (25 Apr-10 Aug)

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

 

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.

 

Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class.

 

His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer’s daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve.

 

Told in these four voices, Small Island is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers—in short, an encapsulation of that most American of experiences: the immigrant’s life.

 

A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story from an adaptation by Helen Edmunson under the direction of Rufus Norris.

 

April 25 – 10 August, National Theatre, SE1 9PX https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/small-island for tickets and times

 

Click here to read interview with Leah Harvey who plays the character of Hortense. https://ebonyonline.net/small-island-interview-with-actress-leah-harvey/