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The Meaning of Zong

The Meaning of Zong

By Giles Terera
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040290, 104 pages, April 2022


Over two hundred years ago, Olaudah Equiano changed the world. After reading reports of the British ship Zong, where 132 enslaved Africans were thrown overboard, he joins forces with anti-slavery campaigner Granville Sharp and together they set in motion events which will go on to galvanise the abolition movement.

But Olaudah's impassioned fight for justice goes beyond the courtroom. Having bought his own freedom, he now faces a personal battle to rediscover his past and accept his true self.

Weaving together the many lives affected by these events across the globe, The Meaning of Zong is both a depiction of a shameful true story from British history, and a timely response to the social upheaval the world has witnessed in recent years – celebrating the power of individual action to drive huge societal change.


"Brilliant... sparkles with ingenuity."

- The Stage

"Throbs with passion and urgency... an important night of theatre."

- WhatsOnStage

"Giles Terera's lyrical and inventive drama about a brutal episode in British history brims with urgency, pain and ultimately pride... triumphant... profoundly moving."

- Guardian