New Image for The Meaning of Zong revealed today

8 Mar 2022

The new image for Giles Terera’s debut play The Meaning of Zong is released today. The image features Olivier award-winner Giles Terera in the role of Olaudah Equiano, alongside company members Kiera Lester, Bethan Mary James, Alice Vilanculo and Paul Higgins.
The production is a story of how positive change is possible – sometimes against all the odds – through the power of the human spirit.
THE MEANING OF CHANGE – Community Project
Inspired by this story, Bristol Old Vic is launching a community call out, celebrating the power of positive change. The project marks the upcoming production of The Meaning of Zong, written by and starring Hamilton award-winning actor Giles Terera, which opens on April 2.

Over a two-week period from today, the theatre is asking individuals, public figures, groups and organisations across Bristol to share their own stories of change and what changes you want to see in the future.
We are asking participants to share video messages about:

  • A moment of change you have lived through (the change may be extraordinary or general, but special to you).
  • An inspirational individual you are aware of who has brought about change.
  • A change you would like to see in your lifetime.

Curated submissions will form the basis of a digital art installation, projected onto the theatre’s historic 255year-old wall before performances of The Meaning of Zong.

An official launch event for this community video project will be held at Bristol Old Vic on March 22, featuring Giles Terera in conversation with friends and music by Sidiki Dembele.

Tips for filming:

  • please film in landscape, somewhere quiet, with minimal background noise.
  • film in one take (pauses and restarts can be edited out later);
  • make sure you have permission from everyone in shot;
  • to keep the camera/phone steady,
  • in a well-lit place

To share your story on a moment of change, you can record and send video to including your name, organisation (if applicable) and a contact email.

You can also share videos, messages and pictures via social media @BristolOldVic on Facebook and Twitter, or @BristolOldVic1766 on Instagram.

Submissions will be added to the archive, though not all will be used within the installation. All videos will need the signing of a release form to permit use.

The Meaning of Zong is at Bristol Old Vic from 2 Apr - 7 May (a split run of 2-9 April and 26 April -7 May, at 7.30pm, with additional Saturday matinee shows at 2.30pm). Tickets are available at
It also tours to the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh from 13 – 23 April and Liverpool Playhouse from 10 – 14 May.

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. The historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

They use their funding to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it, or be able to afford it, and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

On 24 Sep 2018, Bristol Old Vic completed its 2-year multi-million pound redevelopment project, which transformed its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, created a new studio theatre and opened up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time.

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