The Bougainville Photoplay Project
Devised by Paul Dwyer. Produced by Version 1.0.Presented in Season 2 2010
Presented by Arts House and Mobile States
7.30pm, Thurs 12 Aug
7.30pm, Fri 13 Aug
2pm, 7.30pm, Sat 14 Aug
4pm, Sun 15 Aug
75 mins, no interval
$25 / $18
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Writer, academic and performer Paul Dwyer retraces three journeys made by his father Dr Allan Dwyer, a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon, to Bougainville (PNG) 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.
Supported by – The Bougainville Photoplay Project is toured by Performing Lines for Mobile States, a national touring initiative supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. version 1.0 inc is funded by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council and Arts NSW. This project is supported by the Dept. of Performance Studies, University of Sydney.
Image by – Heidrun Löhr