Minefield
Theatre // Lola Arias, 2016

MINEFIELD is a project that reunites Argentine and British veterans from the Falklands/Malvinas war to explore what is left of it in their heads 34 years later.

In a film set turned into a time machine the ones who fought are teleported into the past to reconstruct their war and aftermath memories. Lou Armour was on the cover of every newspaper when the Argentines took him prisoner on April 2nd and is now a special needs teacher. Rubén Otero survived the sinking of ARA General Belgrano and has now a Beatles tribute band. David Jackson spent his time at war listening and transcribing radio codes and now listens to other veterans in his psychology practice. Gabriel Sagastume was a soldier who never wanted to shoot and is now a criminal attorney. Sukrim Rai was a Ghurka who knew how to use his knife and works currently as a security guard. Marcelo Vallejo was an aimer for mortar and is now a triathlon champion. The only thing they have in common is that they are veterans. But what is a veteran; a survivor, a hero, a madman? The project confronts different visions of war bringing together old enemies to tell one single story.

Minefield looks into the marks left by war, the relationship between experience and fiction and the thousand ways of representing memory.

CREDITS

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY Lola Arias
WITH Lou Armour, David Jackson, Gabriel Sagastume, Ruben Otero, Sukrim Rai, Marcelo Vallejo
RESEARCH Sofia Medici, Luz Algranti
PRODUCTION Sofia Medici, Luz Algranti, Lucila Piffer, Melisa Santoro
SET Mariana Tirantte
MUSIC Ulises Conti
LIGHT DESIGN AND TECHNICAL DIRECTION David Seldes
VIDEO Martin Borini
SOUND DESIGN Roberto Pellegrino, Ernesto Fara
COSTUME Andy Piffer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Erika Teichert
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE Imanol López
COSTUME ASSISTANT Federico Castellón Arrieta
RESEARCH ASSISTANCE IN UK Kate O’Connor

First comissioned by LIFT Festival. Co-produced by Brighton Festival, Royal Court Theatre, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Theaterformen, Le Quai Angers, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Humain Trop Humain / CDN de Montpellier. With the support of British Council Argentina.

MINEFIELD was presented at Brighton Festival, LIFT Festival London, Theaterformen Braunschweig, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Centro de las Artes UNSAM Buenos Aires, Festival Teatro a Mil Santiago, Maison des Arts de Creteil, Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Le Quai, Angers, Humain trop humain, Montpellier, Culturgest, Lisboa, Portugal, FITEI, Porto, Portugal, Edinburgh International Festival, Teatro San Martín Buenos Aires, among others.