The square peg players, a renowned performing group in Belmopan, formed in 1973, fell dormant after the group went through several leadership changes. Now, the original director of the group, Hipolito Bautista, is reviving the square peg players to put on a performance, that organizers say is unlike anything Belize has ever seen. The director of the drama group calls it performance poetry. Hipolito Bautista told us more.
“This is a new generation of performers. This is the first time that I have seen this kind of performance and that is the reason why I am so proud of it. We are introducing, in Belize, something we call ‘Performance Poetry.’ It is a kind of show that is so easily but together because it only requires you working with one actor or performer at a time. What we do is to have the actor memorize the poem. This poem is usually a poem that has a lot of passion to it. It is about, it’s about love, it’s about deception, it’s about embarrassment, it’s about pride. We would put music to the poem, and put lights behind the performer, have the background music , we are going to have even dance in it. It’s kind of like a musical how a musical is done. Each poem is going to be produced like a musical is produced and so it is the first time you will see this kind of show. It is going to be twenty poems and 50% of the poems are written by Belizeans. That is what I am proud of.”
The show begins at 7pm on Thursday April 30th at the George Price Center in Belmopan. Tickets can be bought at the venue or from the members of the cast for $5 dollars. Bautista says there are two more shows that will be done by the end of May. So if you miss this one, you can always catch the next.