Last Chance To See: Small Island @ Olivier Theatre
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It’s hard to find a piece of theatre that feels more timely than Small Island, Andrea Levy’s epic story of Britain and Jamaica, which is currently being brought to life on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.
Image courtesy of The National TheatreThe “small island” in question is Britain, but is of course also Jamaica, where a large majority of our story takes place. Spanning the 1940s, as bombs fell on London and a generation of West Indians prepared to leave their lives behind and embark on a world-changing journey across the Atlantic, Helen Edmundson’s adaptation loses nothing of the emotional side whilst telling its big, sweeping story. Small Island is as much about the people as it is the place. And as the fallout from the Windrush scandal continues, there can’t be a better time to tell it.
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