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NT Live: Small Island

Wed 16 Oct

National Theatre Live

Small Island

adapted by Helen Edmundson

based on the novel by Andrea Levy

Please note that this has been rated as suitable for viewers 15+ as it contains strong language and themes that some people may find distressing

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th 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.

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 this timely and moving story.

Please note this performance has been filmed in front of a live audience rather than broadcast live.

  • Wed 16 Oct
  • 7pm
  • Advance Prices: £8.50 UoE Students/ £10 Concessions/ £13 Full. More on the door.
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