Written and directed by Peter Kagayi, performed by Peter Kagayi and Friends
This poetry production brings to stage the story of Uganda as experienced through the poetry of Peter Kagayi. Based on his book ‘The Headline That Morning and other Poems’ (Sooo Many Stories, 2016), Kagayi personifies himself into stage-characters of his poems to bring out the deficient cause of Uganda’s identity crisis caught up in the promise of political dystopia. Uganda is now trapped in democracy she cannot get out of and the poet engages the audience in a word-play of truth-or-fact poetry to highlight the indolence of society blind to what is happening to it. The poet also uses ‘the refrain’ in his poetry to engage the audience to respond to his poetry, thus always morphing the audience into a metaphor for society. While speaking boldly the poet also asserts the audience’s (society’s) original role in protecting its artists whenever the state turns against them, as past history has shown.