Written and directed by: Lola Arias with Lou Armour, David Jackson, Gabriel Sagastume, Ruben Otero, Sukrim Rai, Marcelo Vallejo
Research & Production: Sofia Medici, Luz Algranti
Set: Mariana Tirantte
Music: Ulises Conti
Lighting: David Seldes
Video: Martin Borini
Sound Engineers: Roberto Pellegrino, Ernesto Fara
Costumes: Andrea Piffer
What is a veteran?
In Lola Arias’ MINEFIELD six Falklands/ Malvinas war veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield now face each other across a stage. Together they share memories, films, songs and photos as they recall their collective war and embody the political figures that led them into it.
Soldier, veteran, human - these men have stories to share as they take us from the horrors of war to today’s uncertainties, with brutal honesty and startling humour.
‘Work of extraordinary compassion... A hybrid of documentary, re-enactment and cathartic reunion, it combines personal testimony with video, fiery songs and playful interludes to portray both sides of the conflict.’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard
‘In a stage first that brings together three veterans from each country to pool memories, shape a theatrical response and perform alongside each other, the Argentinian artist Lola Arias has created a powerful act of remembrance.’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Demands to be seen... these painful, playful, personal testimonies take us to the other end of the telescope from political rhetoric... brings tears to the eyes and the audience to its feet. Tremendous.’ ★★★★ The Times
‘Astonishingly moving, sensitive and humane... Most brilliantly of all, the show is soundtracked by a rag-tag five-piece performed by the veterans themselves. Like a pub covers band from a mine-pitted no-man’s land, it is a profoundly moving and eloquent encapsulation of this remarkable achievement of healing and compassion.’ ★★★★★ Time Out
‘Every question that the show raises, about ownership and omission, it anticipates and addresses. It’s very careful in this regard – it takes care. A number of the participants are dealing with posttraumatic stress of various kinds and their experiences of this are enfolded into the piece. The act of reliving and remembering is a potent one for all involved, in some cases akin to an exorcism.’ ★★★★ The Stage
‘an unforgettably potent exercise in remembrance... Past and present intersect with extraordinary power and eloquence in this deeply affecting show.’ ★★★★ The Independent
Created with and Performed by:
Gabriel Sagastume was a soldier who never wanted to shoot a gun, now he is a criminal lawyer. David Jackson spent the war listening and transcribing radio codes, now he listens to other veterans in his role as a counsellor. Marcelo Vallejo was a mortar direction controller, now he is a triathlon champion. Sukrim Rai was a Gurkha and expert with his knife, now he works as a security guard. Ruben Otero survived the sinking of the ARA General Belgrano, now he has a Beatles tribute band. Lou Armour was on the front page of every newspaper when the Argentinians took him prisoner on the 2nd April, now he is a teacher for children with learning difficulties.
Minefield is performed in English and Spanish with surtitles.
Please note there is no performance on Good Friday.