Review: Minefield, LIFT 2016 at the Royal Court

“Somehow we understood each other”

Bringing together veterans from both the Argentine and British sides, Lola Arias’ Minefield is a piercingly potent exploration of the 1982 Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas conflict. Now in their 50s, these six men – Lou Armour, David Jackson, Rubén Otero, Sukrim Rai, Gabriel Sagastume and Marcelo Vallejo – have worked with Arias to create a fascinating collage that blends fiction with fact, a documentary realness enhanced by a little dramatic flair.

As such, Minefield doesn’t seek to retell the political narrative of this war, but rather reframe it in our minds as a collection of personal experiences, further refracted through the prism of theatremaking. This is apparent from the beginning, as each man reenacts their audition process live to camera, which is played out on Mariana Tirantte’s striking cuboid set (video work by Martín Borini), their gentle humour soon giving way to recollections about their lives as military men.  Continue reading “Review: Minefield, LIFT 2016 at the Royal Court”