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The Perfect Immigrant: Groundbreaking new play Shines A light on challenges faced by young migrants

From the struggles of job hunting and navigating Ireland’s dating scene to searching for red chilli peppers in Lucan, this timely one-man show is a heartfelt and hilarious exploration of the challenges faced by those in search of a brighter future.

ThePerfect Immigrant revolves around Levi, a courageous young Nigerian man who leaves his homeland, with three worn suitcases, to fulfill his dream of studying engineering in a foreign land. Samuel Yakura describes how parts of the show are autobiographical: “The story is about a young adult navigating manhood, loneliness, and self-discovery in a foreign place. The piece draws, in part, from my own experiences as a migrant. Similar to the show’s protagonist, I came to Ireland in 2018 to pursue a masters in civil engineering. The piece is quite different from a traditional theatre show. We tell Levi’s story through a powerful mix of poetry, prose, and with an Irish-Nigerian sense of humour that will entertain and resonate with audiences of all backgrounds”.

For native Irish audiences, The Perfect Immigrant provides a unique insight into the cultural challenges of migration. Yakura believes that stories like these will also encourage more minority cultures to engage with Ireland’s theatre and arts scene.

“Ireland is undergoing a transformative journey towards becoming a thriving, multicultural society. However, there is a noticeable lack of representation in the arts and in audience attendance. By sharing stories like The Perfect Immigrant on stage, we hope to encourage minority cultures to explore the vibrant world of theatre and arts in Ireland. Personally, my journey as a poet has been enriched by coming here. I would encourage the general theatre community but also those outsiders to come and experience this inspiring show”.

Following an award-winning premiere at last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, “The Perfect Immigrant” written and performed by poet and playwright Samuel Yakura and directed by Katie O’Halloran will tour theatre venues across Ireland this November. As part of this  nation-wide tour, the play will be at The Civic Theatre, Tallaght 9th-11th November and Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray on 25th November.

Feature Image: Nigerian poet and playwright Samuel Yakura photographed at Dublin’s Liberty Lane as he performs a scene from his new show “The Perfect Immigrant”. Photo by Marc O’Sullivan.

November 9, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
November 11, 2023 @ 10:00 pm
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Civic Theatre
Town Centre, Tallaght
Dublin 12, Ireland

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