The Beanfield

It's been 35 years since the Battle of the Beanfield, and five years since we tried to re-enact it. We've loved taking a trip down memory lane with this show! You can watch The Beanfield online now:

2015 saw 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.

Determined to mark the anniversary, we set out to create a historical re-enactment - interviewing a traveller, a police officer and a journalist before driving to Wiltshire armed with homemade riot gear, a map and a video camera.

In this multimedia show, the footage is intercut with a live performance attempting to capture the 2015 summer solstice at Stonehenge: there are hot dog stands, Hare Krishnas and MDMA, as a group of young people try to connect—but it all feels a bit fake.
The Beanfield was created using a devising process with the cast.
Live Director: Billy Barrett
Video Director: Dorothy Allen-Pickard
Cast: Billy Barrett, Grace Holme, Anna-Himali Howard, Max Kennedy, Ellice Stevens, Tom Wright
Producer: Amanda Fawcett
Production designer: Ethan Hudson
★ ★ ★ ★  ‘A truncheoning force’ – The Sunday Times
★ ★ ★ ★  ‘Hard-hitting ... empathetic and outraged, and, frankly, great’ – Fest
The Beanfield was supported by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL), Arts Council England and New Diorama Theatre.
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