THE BOUGAINVILLE PHOTOPLAY PROJECT
A slideshow with fireside chat
Devised by Paul Dwyer
Produced by version 1.0, Sydney, Australia
Writer, academic and performer Paul Dwyer retraces three journeys made by his father Dr Allan Dwyer, a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon, to 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 over the years following – the opening of the giant Panguna copper mine, environmental devastation, a brutal civil war funded by Australia that cost the lives of up to 20,000 people, and finally, the post-war reconciliation process.
A performance-style lecture which deftly combines field notes, oral history, a crash course in pidgin English, reconstructions of complex surgical procedures, letters, diaries, slides, Super-8 film and video installation, this is politics and performance at its most personal.
“WE ARE DRAWN INTO THE EVENT BY DWYER’S EASY-GOING, SELF-DEPRECATING MANNER. HIS TOUCH IS AS LIGHT
AS HIS THEMES ARE SERIOUS. A POWERFUL STORY – BEAUTIFULLY TOLD.” James Waites (online)
Supported by the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research, Royal Holloway, University of London
26 OCTOBER 2010, 7.00pm
This is a free event and no booking is necessary.
The Studio Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London
(duration: 70 minutes; drinks and snacks to follow)