The Bougainville Photoplay Project

2 - 5 September

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, in which he healed 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. This one-man performance is politics and performance at its most personal.

  • Devised and performed by Paul Dwyer
    Directed by David Williams
    Video artist Sean Bacon
    Technical production Russell Emerson

    ‘Dwyer is a likable and intelligent performer, unafraid of weaving the entertaining with the academic, the performative with the factual and the personal with the political. […] a fascinating piece of theatre’ – Kate Britton, City Hub

  • Location

    PICA Performance Space

  • Dates & Times

    Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 September

    Thursday & Friday, 8.15pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 2pm & 8.15pm

  • Single Tickets

    Standard $20
    Art Addicts $18
    Concession $15

  • Ticket Packages

    FRAUDULENT BEHAVIOUR – 2 DIMENSIONAL LIFE OF HER – THE TENT – THE BOUGAINVILLE PHOTOPLAY PROJECT

    PICA will overflow as the galleries are transformed into theatres for this special four day event.

    PRICE
    Standard $58
    Art Addicts $52
    Concession $45