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Writer, academic and performer Paul Dwyer retraces three journeys made by his father, Dr Allan Dwyer, a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon, who visited Bougainville 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 the giant Panguna copper mine, environmental devastation and Bougainvillean resistance, a war that cost the lives of up to 20,000 people. Since 2004, Paul Dwyer has been making his own journeys to Bougainville, conducting research on the post-war reconciliation process and following the impact of those encounters between his father and the Bougainvillean children. This is politics and performance at its most personal.
2011 Green Room Awards - Best Mis-en-scene
The way Dwyer has shaped this experience into a work for the stage is hugely impressive. A combo of boy’s own adventure, academic research, political act and theatre-making experiment.
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-891-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
is Chair of the Department of Performance Studies at Sydney University. He has published in various journals including: New Theatre Quarterly, Research in Drama Education and Australasian Drama Studies. Paul is also dramaturg for the contemporary performance ensemble Version 1.0 (www.versiononepointzero.com
) with whom he has created a number of critically acclaimed verbatim/documentary productions, including
A Certain Maritime Incident
The Wages of Spin,
Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue