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Giles Terera's The Meaning of Zong cast includes Danny Sapani

The workshop performance takes place on one night only this week

Danny Sapani, Giles Terera, Tom Byam-Shaw
Danny Sapani, Giles Terera, Tom Byam-Shaw
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Casting has been announced for Giles Terera's workshop performance of The Meaning of Zong, a new play about a slave ship.

The show will run over one night only on October 11 at the Bristol Old Vic and examines the massacre onboard the ship in 1781 and the repercussions which influenced the abolition movement in the UK.

The rehearsed reading is followed by a post-show talk with Terera, Bristol Old Vic's artistic director Tom Morris and the cast.

The show is commissioned by the Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre and marks the show's first public sharing ahead of the play being fully staged in 2019.

Terera is currently starring as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, for which he won the 2018 Olivier Award. This marks his debut play and the cast includes Danny Sapani, Emmanuella Cole, Tom Byam-Shaw, Georgia Frost, Akiya Henry, Simon Holland Roberts, John Leader, Enyi Okoronkwo, Tristan Sturrock and Terera himself. Musician Michael Henry accompanies the performance.