Small Island (stage version)

Cast: 12-14f 13-27m

Staging: Multiple locations

Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781848428515Publication Date:
18 Apr 2019
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2019

Small Island (stage version)

By Andrea Levy Adapted by Helen Edmundson

Paperback £9.99£7.99

Professional Production On Stage at:
National Theatre, London
From Wed 17 Apr 2019 to Sat 10 Aug 2019
Events:
Helen Edmundson and Rufus Norris on Small Island at National Theatre, London
Tue 11 Jun 2019

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 the 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

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'

Guardian

'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'

Telegraph

'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'

WhatsOnStage

'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

Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781848428515Publication Date:
18 Apr 2019
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Professional Production On Stage at:
National Theatre, London Wed 17 Apr 2019 - Sat 10 Aug 2019
Events:
Helen Edmundson and Rufus Norris on Small Island at National Theatre, London Tue 11 Jun 2019

Also by Helen Edmundson:

The Heresy of Love
Coram Boy (stage version)
War and Peace (stage version)
Mary Shelley
The Clearing
Orestes
The Mill on the Floss (stage version)
Thérèse Raquin (stage version)
Anna Karenina (stage version)
Gone to Earth (stage version)
Life is a Dream
Mother Teresa is Dead
Queen Anne
Swallows and Amazons (stage version)

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