Small Island

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In order to maintain the well-being of our patrons and community, we will be postponing the National Theatre Live screenings on Sunday, March 15.

If you have tickets to Small Island, your tickets will be honored for a future National Theatre Live broadcast– and we will bring back this title. We are extending free exchanges to all ticket holders, and extending the expiration on Punch Cards into next season. For more details, click here.

Small Island

Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Based on the novel by Andrea Levy

Third Rail’s Hi-Definition Screenings feature amazing productions from London’s National Theatre, captured live onstage and presented locally in high-definition video. NT Live Punch Card holders may use their cards for any Third Rail Hi-Definition Screening.


– Alberta Abbey –
126 NE Alberta ST, Portland, OR 97211

Runtime: 3 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

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, England.

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 of Jamaica and the UK.

A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in London in this timely and moving story.

Small Island is BBFC rated 15 due to use of strong language. As part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, at times characters in the play use language which is racially offensive.

Written by

Directed by

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association

Mrs. Ryder


Miss Jewel

Little Hortense

Mr. Philip / GI / Kenneth

Miss Ma

Little Michael


Policeman / GI

Woman in Hurricane



Aunt Dorothy / Woman with Baby

Mrs. Buxton / Miss Todd / Woman in Cinema

Mr. Buxton / Ginger / Sergeant Thwaites / Railway Worker

Young Man in Sweet Shop / Kip / GI / Railway Worker




Recruiting Officer One / Soames / Railway Worker / Military Policeman


Recruiting Officer Two / GI / Foreman