See Through Café
The multidisciplinary artist
Due to Covid regulation, places are limited and booking is required.
This month we’re speaking to Derek Ugochukwu, actor, screenwriter and director, about the multidisciplinary artist and the need to play many roles to best tell your stories, the nuances of moving through different spaces and how to keep authenticity and creativity.
The See Through Café is a free and open space where we allow to flourish conversations about art and diversity in and across Ireland, through the eyes of artists and art enthusiasts. The See Through Café is curated by members of the WeareGriot Collective: Dagogo Hart, Felispeaks and Samuel Yakura. It is presented in collaboration with Rua Red and supported by Creative Ireland South Dublin and South Dublin County Arts Office.
Meet the guest
Derek Ugochukwu graduated with a master’s degree in Screenwriting for Film & Television from the National Film School, IADT in 2019. His written short film, ‘To All My Darlings’ inspired from his Nigerian-Irish community to reveal the wonderful multicultural side of contemporary Ireland is shortlisted for the 2021 BAFTA Student Awards. It also won the Audience Award for best short film at the 2021 Dublin International Film Festival. ENGINE Scheme in partnership with Film in Limerick, announced Derek’s short script ‘You’re Not Home’ as part of the 6 projects selected for funding to create inspiring, engaging world-class short films that resonate with a wide international audience. In addition to his skill as writer/director, Derek is also an actor known for his roles in Pembe, Cold Courage, Nightflyers and other feature films.
The host - Samuel Yakura
Samuel Yakura is a Nigerian Born Poet and Performing Artist residing in Ireland. From co-curating the Waterford Speakers corner poetry gig, one of the new summer events for Summer in the city, Waterford, to winning the #1 Talkatives Slam Competition in Dublin put together by Boundless and Bare, Slightmotif and Wearegriot, he’s been buzzing in the art scene.
Towards the end of 2019, he featured among the 6 Poets shortlisted for Poetry Ireland’s Versify 2019 which was an Initiative to offer Spoken-word Poets mentoring and practical guidance around their work through intensive workshops and showcase with renowned Poets as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019.
He is a member of WeareGriot, a poetry collective consisting of himself, Dagogo Hart & Felicia Olusanya – curating poetry/rap events – Talkatives, and writing plays for Stage Productions with their newest work DEITIES underway.
He is passionate about spoken word/Performance Poetry and strongly believe it is todays re-evolution from page poetry to engage Society’s narratives and the human condition in ways only the Arts have potential to, and he’s committed to giving his voice to the cause..