Small Island (NT)

Helen Edmundson from an original work by Andrea Levy

DOI: 10.5040/9781350999084.01

Duration: 2:49:08

  • Small Island 2:49:08

Age recommendation: 15+ (strong language and racist terms)

Recorded through National Theatre Live on 30th May, 2019.

Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island 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.

Andrea Levy’s epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts to new life on the Olivier stage. A company of 40 tells a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

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Mrs Ryder: Amy Forrest
Hortense: Leah Harvey
Miss Jewel: Sandra James-Young
Little Hortense: Keira Chansa
Mr Philip / GI / Kenneth: Trevor Laird
Miss Ma: Jacqueline Boatswain
Little Michael: Shaquahn Crowe
Michael: CJ Beckford
Policeman / GI: Natey Jones
Woman in Hurricane: Chereen Buckley
Bernard: Andrew Rothney
Queenie: Aisling Loftus
Aunt Dorothy / Woman with Baby: Beatie Edney
Mrs Buxton / Miss Todd / Woman in Cinema: Stephanie Jacob
Mr Buxton / Ginger / Sergeant Thwaites / Railway Worker: Adam Ewan
Young Man in Sweet Shop / Kip / GI / Railway Worker: Cavan Clarke
Arthur: David Fielder
Franny: Phoebe Frances Brown
Franny: Rebecca Lee
Gilbert: Gershwyn Eustache Jnr
Recruiting Officer One / Soames / Railway Worker / Military Policeman: Paul Bentall
Elwood: Johann Myers
Recruiting Officer Two / GI / Foreman: John Hastings
Usherette: CJ Johnson
GI: Daniel Norford
Celia: Shiloh Coke

Director: Rufus Norris
Adapter: Helen Edmundson
Writer: Andrea Levy
Set and Costume Designer: Katrina Lindsay
Projection Designer: Jon Driscoll
Lighting Designer: Paul Anderson
Composer and Rehearsal Music Director: Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Sound Designer: Ian Dickinson
Movement Director: Coral Messam
Fight Director: Kate Waters
Music Consultant: Gary Crosby

From Small Island


National Theatre

Helen Edmundson from an original work by Andrea Levy

ISBN: 9781350999084

Series: National Theatre Collection