Minefield: Veterans face each other across the stage at York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal will host Minefield from 28th-31st March (not including 30th March).  Six Falklands/Malvinas war veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield now face each other across a stage: I defy you not to be intrigued.

Artist Lola Arias uses archive footage, live feeds, music and projection to create a production that showcases these incredible veteran’s stories and personal experiences. Lola said: “War isn’t what interests me, it’s what comes after the war that interests me.” and it’s this powerful premise that creates Minefield’s truly unique theatrical impact.

In 2014, LIFT commissioned Lola to produce Veterans to commemorate the centenary of World War One, which evolved into the 2016 co-commissioned production of Minefield which is now going on tour across the UK.

Here’s a little bit about the show’s inspirations:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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’s in a Beatles tribute band.

Lou Armour beautifully said: “Out of something terrible and ugly has come something very beautiful – a play where humanity and redemption shines through.”

Doesn’t this production sound simply fantastic? Visit the York Theatre Royal website to book your tickets for 28th, 29th or 31st March.

Photograph credited to Tristram Kenton 

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