Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play 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 between Jamaica and the UK.

Original production

Opening night: 
Original Cast:
Amy Forrest Mrs Ryder
Leah Harvey Hortense
Sandra James-Young Miss Jewel
Keira Chansa Little Hortense
Aiko Foueillis-Mos Little Hortense
Nova Foueillis-Mos Little Hortense
Trevor Laird GI / Kenneth / Mr Phillip
Jacqueline Boatswain Miss Ma
Shaquahn Crowe Little Michael
Raphael Higgins-Humes Little Michael
Quincy Miller-Cole Little Michael
CJ Beckford Michael
Natey Jones GI / Policeman / Understudy: Gilbert
Chereen Buckley Woman in Hurricane / Understudy: Hortense / Understudy: Miss Ma
Andrew Rothney Bernard
Aisling Loftus Queenie
Beatie Edney Aunt Dorothy / Miss Todd / Mrs Buxton / Woman With Baby
Stephanie Jacob Woman in Cinema
Adam Ewan Ginger / Kip / Mr Buxton / Railway Worker / Sergeant Thwaites / Young Man In Sweet Shop / Understudy: Manager / Understudy: Man / Understudy: Kip
Cavan Clarke GI / Railway Worker
David Fielder Arthur
Phoebe Frances-Brown Franny
Rebecca Lee Franny / Understudy: Queenie
Gershwyn Eustache Gilbert
Paul Bentall Military Policeman / Railway Worker / Recruiting Officer One / Soames / Understudy: Arthur
Johann Myers Elwood / Understudy: Mr Philip / Understudy: Kenneth
John Hastings Foreman / GI / Recruiting Officer Two / Understudy: Bernard
CJ Johnson Usherette
Daniel Norford GI / Understudy: Michael / Understudy: Elwood
Shiloh Coke Celia / Understudy: Miss Jewel / Understudy: Woman
Jamie Ankrah Supernumary
Aimee Louise Bevan Supernumary
Thea Day Supernumary
Victoria Denard Supernumary
Alma Eno Supernumary
Alvin Ikenwe Supernumary
Luther King Osei Supernumary
Alice Langrish Supernumary
Roberta Livingston Supernumary
Fatima Niemogha Supernumary
Anselm Onyenani Supernumary
Mary Tillett Supernumary
Joseph Vaiana Supernumary
Tricia Wey Supernumary
Christopher Williams Supernumary
Joylon Young Supernumary
Alyn Hawke On Film
Gemma Sutton On Film
Production Team:
Rufus Norris Director
Rachel Dickson Costume Supervisor
Paul Anderson Lighting Designer
Helen Edmundson Adaptor
Ashley Holtom Assistant Costume Supervisor
Ian Dickinson Sound Designer
Ian Dickinson Sound Designer
Jon Driscoll Projection Designer
Kate Waters Fight Director
Shane Thom Stage Manager
Ben / Benjamin Donoghue Deputy Stage Manager
Francesca Reidy Assistant Stage Manager
Rebecca Johnston Prop Supervisor
Brinkhoff/Mögenburg Production Photographer
Renata Hill Wigs, Hair & Make-up Supervisor
Alex Caplen Production Sound Engineer
Daniel Radley-Bennett Digital Art
Sian Willis Prop Buyer
Jo Phipps Assistant Stage Manager
Jeannette Nelson Company Voice Work
Nadene Wheatley Lighting Programmer
Emma Pile Project Draughting
Constance Oak Assistant Stage Manager
Ian Cooper Scenic Art Supervisor
Tariq Rifaat Production Manager
Fran Miller Project Producer
Riche Tarr Rigging Supervisor
Coral Messam Movement Director
Hazel Holder Dialect Coach
Duncan Weir Automation
Matthew / Mogzi Bromley Morgans Video Supervisor
Jack Williams Lighting Supervisor
Laura Cubitt Puppetry
Barrie Nield Construction Supervisor
Curtis Chadwick Sound Operator
Mica Taylor Assistant Stage Manager
Barry Peavot Stage Supervisor
Jess Walsh Prop Making Coordinator
Isabella Odoffin Casting
Michael Ager Deputy Production Manager
Katrina Lindsay Set and Costume Designer
Benjamin Kwasi Burrell Composer and Rehearsal Music Director
Marc Tritschler Music Supervisor
Gary Crosby Music Consultant
Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey Associate Set and Costume Designer
Gino Ricardo Green Associate Projection Designer
Anna Himali Howard Staff Director
Shiloh Coke Associate Music Director
Verity Naughton Casting (Children)
James Lye Lighting Operator
Mollie Tuttle Production Video Engineer
Gemma Harrison Video Operator
Gemma Carrington Animator
Andrea Levy Writer