Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the Newport Performing Arts Center’s Alice Silverman Theatre. Experience the play filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s tenth 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, England.
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 London in this timely and moving story.
Image: Leah Harvey by Franklyn Rodgers