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Small Island (stage version)

Small Island (stage version)

By Andrea Levy
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040764, 136 pages, March 2022


Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica. Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer. Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Three intimately connected stories, tracing the tangled history of Jamaica and Britain.

Andrea Levy's epic novel, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, journeys from Jamaica to Britain in 1948 – the year that HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.


"Extraordinary. A spectacular adaptation of Andrea Levy's Windrush novel."

- Observer

"Edmundson has a knack for skilfully distilling story... ferociously entertaining."

- Time Out

"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."

- Guardian

"Inspiring adaptation... a gripping state-of-the-nation epic... the show acknowledges struggle and strife on all sides, flies the flag for compassion and achieves a hard-won (and still to be fought for) inclusivity."

- Telegraph