The Beanfield

“It’s a very sore subject around here. There are raw wounds.”

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, Breach 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.

Directed by

Dorothy Allen-Pickard (video)
Billy Barrett (live)

Made and performed by

Billy Barrett

Grace Holme
Anna-Himali Howard
Max Kennedy

Ellice Stevens

Tom Wright

Production design and management by

Ethan Hudson

Produced by

Amanda Fawcett

The Beanfield was supported by Arts Council England, the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) and New Diorama Theatre.

Winner of a Total Theatre Award

★★★★ "Theatrically ambitious and boldly political"
The Guardian

★★★★ "A truncheoning force"
The Sunday Times

★★★★ "Very funny ... genuinely unsettling"
The Stage

★★★★ "Hard-hitting ... empathetic and outraged, and, frankly, great"
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