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The Playhouse and the School of Arts and Humanities at Ulster University, Magee campus invite you to a performance of:

The Bougainville Photoplay Project
by Paul Dwyer

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)

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Wednesday 20 June

5pm to 7pm

Playhouse Theatre, 5–7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry

Dr Brian Bridges

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