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Win tickets to Falklands War drama Minefield at KVS this week

14:17 25/06/2021

Described by The Observer newspaper as "a fascinating piece of documentary theatre about the Falklands war and its aftermath", Minefield has toured worldwide and will be shown for the last time at KVS in Brussels this week.

Almost 40 years after a conflict that cost 907 British and Argentinian lives, Minefield investigates the traces the war between Argentina and Britain in the 1980s has left, as well as the relation between experience, fiction, and the thousands of ways to shape memories.

The documentary play includes six veterans of the war, three from each side. They reconstruct memories of their war and its aftermath.

The only thing the men have in common is that they are all veterans. Currently one is a special needs teacher, one is a criminal justice lawyer, one is a triathlon runner and another is in a Beatles tribute band. The play, in English and Spanish, also includes music and songs performed live.

Lola Arias, world-renowned Argentinian writer, visual artist, performer and director, asks us: "What is a veteran? A survivor, a hero, a madman?"

She welcomes us on to a film set – or is it a time machine? – into which she has catapulted veterans of the past and confronts various visions of war with one another and unites former enemies to tell one story, all together.

"War was present in my life since childhood," Arias says. "My generation grew up singing the Malvinas anthem at school, learning with maps in which the Malvinas were considered part of Argentina, remembering the Malvinas' dead every 2 April. This play made me rethink the relationship I had established with Malvinas.

"The play encourages us to rethink the ways in which that relationship was constructed over the years. For me, one of the most interesting things about the project was to realise how little we know about it. By interviewing Argentine and British war veterans I reassessed the image I had of war."

Minefield, 30 June-1 July 20.00, KVS. Sorry! Our prize giveaway has now closed and the winners have been notified.

Written by Richard Harris