Theatre & Cinema
Poetry shines in ‘The Awakening’
Posted Saturday, October 12 2013 at 01:00
Last Friday and Saturday, the Lantern Meet of Poets performed their latest collection of poems The Awakening. Indeed, it touched many sectors of our society, spanning from corruption to our lifestyle.
Ensconced at the National Theatre, the recital was also graced by comedian Daniel Omara and hip pop sensation, Benezeri, who performed Zuukuka, which directly related with the theme of the recitals.
The stage set-up was precise, with a prison setting that caged the poets who, one by one, walked to the centre to explain why they were convicted.
Commencing the show was Raymond Carlton Mujuni, in a self-written piece titled They Asked Me To Write, reprising the starting role he played in Bitter Sweet. With the two recitals running with the same privilege being bestowed upon him by the concept, one begins to think it’s not a coincidence.
His stance is one of agitation and confusion as he muses about society’s demand that he should write about love. He tries, and yet he can’t access the sceneries of “flowery petals bulging in the earth’s crust” nor “of lovers craft-fully bellowing cradled whispers”. What with the scenery so botched with gloom and disease.
After a startling description of the ensuing desperation and before a dramatic climax, he puts this paradoxical ideal of love into perspective.
The Awakening peeled the dark veil of our society in Peter Kagayi, the educator, demonstrating the death of innocence in the Emmanuel Ngabire written piece, A lot Of Childish Nonsense. Armed with the blade of sarcasm, this persona (with a pot of brew swirling in his brain), will find his awakening from an unlikely source; the playtime muttering of children.
Other pieces were performed by the following...
Joshua Okello: A Poet’s Speech by Carlton Raymond Mujuni.
Clare Asimwe: The Messenger.
Lenny Busingye: Long Tooth Jackals by Edgar Kangere.
Juliet Kaboneire: Stand Up And See by Peter Kagayi.
Linda Orando: Daughters of Eve by herself
Solomon Manzi: Ode To Patrice by Edgar Kangere
Rachel Kunihira: Some Gone by Archibald Agaba
Laura Byaruhanga: All Things Rise and Fall by Moses Mist Laku..
Persis Babirye: Echoes of A Beating Heart by Agaba Archibald.
Jason Ntaro: Who is to Blame.
Bridget Karemente: Something Better by Solomon Manzi.
Irene Mutuzo: Until There is No Ear to Hear.