TBB Talks to … Leah Harvey, star of The National Theatre’s Small Island


Rising star Leah Harvey takes a leading role in the National Theatre’s production of ‘Small Island’ as ‘Hortense’. TBB Talks to her to discover how she approached developing the character …

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.

Small Island runs at the National Theatre until 10th August 2019. Find out more: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/small-island

Photo by Brinkhoff-Moegenburg