What is a veteran? Survivor? Hero? Mad Man?
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.
★★★★★ “Astonishingly moving, sensitive and humane.” – Time Out
★★★★★ “An eye-opening feast which astutely combines storytelling with imaginative staging to create something genuinely fresh.” – Metro
★★★★ “Remarkable, honest and quietly moving – a subtle, intelligent and compassionate piece of theatre.” – Financial Times
★★★★ “The six veterans, non-actors all, give us startling bilateral insights into the events of April, May and June 1982 from their uniquely personal vantage points and, crucially, leave us in no doubt of the toll that war has taken on their lives in the decades since.” – London Evening Standard
★★★★ “Lola Arias’ production is a testament to the power of theatre. She highlights the arts’ ability to heal, and cross cultural boundaries. This experience will stay with the audience for a while. It’s a theatrical experiment that results in a human triumph.” – Broadway World
★★★★ “An informative and interesting insight into an often overlooked area of history, Minefield deals with a challenging subject in a new and interesting way, coming to epitomise cultural divisions at the forefront of British politics and encouraging us all to reconcile around broader and more human commonalities.” – The Spy in the Stalls
“A testament to the power of creative collaboration – it is more than theatre as therapy, it is theatre as a toll of communication, illumination and healing… Unmissable.” – The Stage
“A worthy attempt to highlight the inanity of warfare. In the long run, that should be regarded as its purpose so that the measure of the play’s value will be the extent to which it helps to persuade those in power across the globe to avoid future conflicts.” – British Theatre Guide
“Frank and honest, an objective attempt to show war from the perspective of the combatants rather than the countries, governments and leaders, and ultimately hopeful. Ground-breaking theatre indeed.” – Gareth’s Culture and Travel Blog
Minefield is a LIFT production by Lola Arias, originally commissioned and co- produced by LIFT, Brighton Festival, Royal Court Theatre, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Theaterformen, Le Quai Angers, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Maison des Arts de Créteil and Humain Trop Humain / CDN de Montpellier.