World War Two the call went out to the British
Empire for volunteers to help rebuild the ‘Mother Country’. Young men and women
from different Caribbean islands were quick to respond, paying the considerable
sum of £28.10s to board HMT Empire Windrush – the ‘ship of dreams’ that would
take them to their new lives.
motives and back-stories of these West Indian people is a key part of the
Windrush story, one that has never been fully told. This powerful narrative
reveals what happened on board that ship, was packed with young, excited
people who had never before left their parents, their parishes – let alone
their islands. In the course of the memorable two-week voyage there were
parties, friendships, fights, gambling, racism, sex - and
discussions of God and love.