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The Beanfield
On from 05 Apr 2016 till 21 Apr 2016
Battersea Arts Centre
by Breach Theatre
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £10 - £12.50 - 5 - 9 Apr | £10; 11 - 21 Apr | £12.50, £10 concs

About: The Beanfield

It's been 30 years since the Battle of the Beanfield – a brutal crackdown on the annual Stonehenge Free Festival. Called away from policing the miners' strike, officers enforced an injunction around the ancient stones with bloody violence and mass arrests.

Armed with a camera, a map and home-made riot gear, Breach set out to mark the anniversary with a historical re-enactment.

Onstage, the same performers try to capture the 2015 Stonehenge summer solstice: there's hot dog stands, Hare Krishnas and MDMA-fuelled raving, as a group of young people try to connect – but it all feels a bit fake.

Blending documentary footage with new writing, Breach presents a multimedia show about state violence and national heritage, in ‘a new kind of fusion theatre’ (Matt Trueman).

Reviews

'Theatrically ambitious and boldly political' ★★★★ The Guardian
'A truncheoning force' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Very funny… genuinely unsettling' ★★★★ The Stage

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