Andrea Levy’s epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts to new life on the Olivier stage. A company of 40 tells a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

Adapted for the stage by Helen EdmundsonSmall Islandfollows 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.


Hundreds of £15 tickets for every performance

eathetrend has teamed up with the National Theatre to offer our readers a pair of tickets to see Small Island.

Just answer this simply question.

What does Gilbert dream of becoming?

Please email answers to with Small Island in the subject header.

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