The Meaning of Zong
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Giles Terera’s boldly inventive debut play The Meaning of Zong is a timely response to the social upheaval the world has witnessed in recent years and a celebration of the power of individual action
About The Meaning of Zong
A Bristol Old Vic production in Association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
THE MEANING OF ZONG
By Giles Terera
Directed by Tom Morris & Giles Terera
“1783. A new time. Unprecedented ideas, empires and wealth, and it is slavery greases the gears. That night in the storm I was someone else. It took this story to show me who I truly am.”
Two hundred years ago, Olaudah Equiano changed the world.
On reading reports of a massacre aboard the slave ship Zong, where 132 enslaved Africans were thrown overboard, Olaudah joins forces with anti-slavery campaigner Granville Sharp to publicly condemn these abhorrent actions, setting in motion events which would go on to galvanise the abolition movement in the UK.
But Olaudah’s impassioned fight for justice goes beyond the courtroom. Having bought his own freedom, he now faces a personal battle to rediscover and own his past.
Weaving together the many lives affected by these events across the globe, Giles Terera’s boldly inventive debut play The Meaning of Zong is a timely response to the social upheaval the world has witnessed in recent years and a celebration of the power of individual action to drive huge societal change.
Giles Terera is an acclaimed actor, musician and filmmaker, who starred as Aaron Burr in the UK production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton – The Musical, for which he won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Supported by the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation
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