Small Island is BBFC rated 15 due to the use of strong language. As part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, at times characters in the play use language which is racially offensive.
National Theatre Live: SMALL ISLAND
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 SMALL ISLAND traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK by following a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England.
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel 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.
Helen Edmundson, based on a novel by Andrea Levy
Leah Harvey, Gershwyn Eustace Jr, Andrew Rothney