His Name Is Ishmael ‘I am the new way’ 
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His Name Is Ishmael

Bristol Arts Channel

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 01 Jan 1970
  • Location Bristol Arts Channel
  • Currently

    In Development, details in due course

  • Running Time

    1h 15 mins

‘I am the new way’ 

By Chinonyerem Odimba

Directed by James Peries


‘I am the new way’ 


Returning from a long exile in the UK, Florence follows in her father’s footsteps to become President of her home country in West Africa. Guided by her uncle Emmanuel, she navigates difficult politics to bring about her ideals, including major Western investment. But what happens when past struggles and the corruption which surrounds her begin to weigh her down? 

Her house boy, Ishmael, provides support and grounding as the political heat rises. But soon this relationship becomes complicated too… 


Age guidance 14+ 

May contain scenes that some may find upsetting – see full list of trigger warnings below.


Licensed by arrangement with The Agency, 24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park, London W11 4LZ [email protected]



Florence Katja Quist

Ishmael Denzel Baidoo

Emmanuel Elias Ado

Voice of Radio Presenter Nimshi Kongolo

Creative Team

Director James Peries

Assistant Director Victor Lirio

Production and Costume Designer Carly Brownbridge

Sound Designer Joel Williams

Production Manager Jon Sherwood

Production Assistant Frederick Macleod

Stage Manager on The Book Dominic Parker

Assistant Stage Managers Tom Codd and Frances Ashton

Costume Supervisor and Maker Jasmine Barron

Head of Costume Jill Blundell

Dialect Coach  Joel Trill

Prop Maker Meriel Pym

Lighting Consultant Joel Williams

Digital Coordinator David Taylor

Script Supervisor Atlanta Russell


Thanks to:

Harriet Hollinshead-Lee, Lily Baron


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In just one year the MFA programme has given me the confidence in my artistry and the tools to work professionally that I lacked prior to my training. N'Dea Miles, MFA Professional Acting Student