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Excitement Builds for Bristolian Actress’ Upcoming Production Posted On 19 March 2021

Bristol Old Vic regular Akiya Henry will be performing once again, as she joins the cast of The Meaning of Zong

 

Henry is no stranger to performing for the Old Vic, having previously featured in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Medea, to name but two. Her CV extends beyond theatre though, as television viewers may remember her from the BBC shows Silent Witness, Casualty, and Little Britain. Younger viewers may also recognise her from voicing the character of Amma in Bong, on CBeebies.

Her latest production has been written, and stars Olivier Award-winner Giles Terera. This collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and Jonx Productions will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on March 21st, and will then be available on BBC Sounds. The play itself focuses on the notorious massacre aboard the slave ship Zong in 1781, and how uncovering its story galvanised the growing Abolition movement in the UK.

Whilst interviewed about the upcoming production, Henry also revealed her ‘Bristol Favourites’, which are five of her preferred areas around the area. Making it into her top-five were St. Nick’s Market, which Henry claims ‘Has been part of my DNA since I was born’. She also highlighted vegan restaurant Fi Real, where she states the food is so good, ‘You’ll never want to leave’. And she also remarked on beauty spots George’s Park, and Conham River Park, as she feels that these areas represent places of healing and tranquility.

This announcement comes as Bristol Old Vic announced their spring line-up back in February. Along with The Meaning of Zong, Bristol Old Vic will be putting on a whole host of other productions, including a digital production of The Picture of Dorian Grey between 16th-31st March. And after the difficulties of the various lockdowns, Bristol Old Vic’s mighty Engagement team are allowing young peoples’ creative spark to glow through the creation of ‘Let’s…’ – a series of workshops aimed at anyone between the ages of 5-14, and for anyone interested in joining the Young Company group.

More information can be found about The Meaning of Zong, and the other initiatives, at https://bristololdvic.org.uk.

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