Rising star Leah Harvey takes a leading role in the National Theatre’s production of Small Island.

Adapted from Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize Winning novel Small Island follows the journey 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 Edmundson, Small Island 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.

Leah stars in this epic production as ‘Hortense‘. TBB’s Kojo Kamara spoke to her to discover how she approached developing the character …


Small Island runs at the National Theatre until 10th August 2019. Find out more here