Small Island

Cast: 12-14f 13-27m

Staging: Multiple locations

Amateur rights performance fee: £85 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781848428515Publication Date:
18 Apr 2019
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 136 pages ISBN: 9781788501750Publication Date:
18 Apr 2019
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2019

Small Island (English Mastery Secondary set text)

By Andrea Levy Adapted by Helen Edmundson

Paperback £10.99£8.79

Ebook £10.99£8.79

This edition is the prescribed text for the English Mastery Secondary programme from Ark Curriculum Plus. Other customers, please see the trade edition of Small Island here.

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 that 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

Also available: a later, revised version of Small Island, published alongside the National Theatre revival of the play in 2022.

Press Quotes

'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'


'In this inspiring adaptation, which compresses the book into a gripping three-hour state-of-the-nation epic, Small Island has found its ideal home... 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'


'A passionate engagement with the past that's sure to resonate with audiences at a time when the very idea of Britain is under such fierce scrutiny'

Evening Standard

'This is a show that shoots arrows of empathy and engagement out towards its audience and they respond... from a novel dealing with the past [comes] a play for today'


'A moving stage adaptation of the late Andrea Levy's great novel about the Windrush generation... Edmundson does some supreme work compacting a sprawling book into a pacy three-hours-ten-minutes - she has a knack for skilfully distilling story... a ferociously entertaining three hours of theatre'

Time Out

'Beautifully translated to stage by adaptor Helen Edmundson, using thrilling theatrical solutions to honour Levy's epic - and still urgent - tale... a stirring spectacle that never loses sight of the people at its heart'

Broadway World

Cast: 12-14f 13-27m

Staging:Multiple locations

Amateur rights performance fee: £85 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback,136 pages ISBN: 9781848428515Publication Date:
18 Apr 2019
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,136 pages ISBN: 9781788501750Publication Date:
18 Apr 2019
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Andrea Levy:

The Long Song
Small Island

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Also by Helen Edmundson:

Queen Anne
The Heresy of Love
Gone to Earth
Mother Teresa is Dead
Small Island
Mary Shelley
Thérèse Raquin
Coram Boy
Anna Karenina
Orestes: Blood and Light
War and Peace
Swallows and Amazons
The Clearing
Life is a Dream
The Mill on the Floss

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