In The Playhouse Gallery
Writer, academic and performer Paul Dwyer retraces three journeys made by his father, Dr Allan Dwyer, a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon, who visited the region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) during the 1960s, healing dozens of crippled children. Family stories become entwined with the larger narrative of Australia's colonial enterprise in the years following: the opening of a giant copper mine, environmental devastation and Bougainvillean resistance.
This intimate ‘performance lecture'-combining archival video and Kodachrome slides, diaries, letters, ethnographic fieldnotes and a crash-course in Pidgin English-highlights the moral and ethical commitments binding Australians and the people of Bougainville in the wake of a brutal civil war that cost up to 20,000 lives. Politics and performance at their most personal.
"Pitched somewhere between cosy university tutorial and travelogue slide show, Dr Paul Dwyer's Bougainville Photoplay Project is an illustrated account of restorative justice in action. It is accessible, disarmingly funny and affecting" (Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald)
"A powerful story, beautifully told" (James Waites)
One performance only
Free admission but RSVP is essential:
Contact Caroline Elvin, Ulster University, Magee campus to reserve your place: email@example.com (subject: performance booking)
Paul Dwyer is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, currently visiting the Magee campus of Ulster University on research leave. As a dramaturg, writer and performer, he has extensive professional theatre credits, including Tribunal (Sydney Festival 2018, a collaboration with PYT Fairfield and Griffin Theatre), Beautiful One Day (Origins: Festival of First Nations, London Southbank, 2015, and Brisbane Festival 2015, a collaboration with Belvoir and Ilbijerri Theatre Companies) and The Bougainville Photoplay Project (‘Mobile States' Tour of Australia, 2010, and winner of a Melbourne Greenroom Award).
Free Admission (Booking Essential)