Once on this Island at Hackney Empire

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Holy City's Sharon D Clarke stars in Once on this Island

Once on this Island is billed as a “jubilant Caribbean musical” – and that’s exactly what it is.

Set among tropical palm trees, with brightly coloured costumes and Calypso-infused music, the show brings a taste of the Caribbean to Hackney Empire.

Through storytelling and song, Once on this Island tells the tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy planter.

But the path of love doesn’t run smoothly, as the girl’s fate is decided by the island’s gods of love and death.

Once on this Island takes you through a range of emotions, exploring themes of class, love, death and regeneration.

Despite a not-so-happy ending, the show is very family friendly, and people of all ages should leave the theatre feeling jubilant.