“The Beanfield” by Breach Theatre

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

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 mark the anniversary with a historical re-enactment.

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).

Breach are theatre-makers Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens, and video artist Dorothy Allen-Pickard. They’ve been called ‘a young company with a strong creative identity’ by The Stage, and won the 2015 Total Theatre Award for an Emerging Company.

★★★★ ‘Theatrically ambitious and boldly political’ – Guardian