One thing that is often forgotten during this season of solemn remembrance is quite how easy it is to find yourself at war. Nobody expects to go to war, but for those who do, the conflict lasts for life.

Minefield is as extraordinary a piece of theatre as it is a collective act of extreme therapy. A partnership between Argentinian theatre-maker Lola Arias and The Royal Court and Brighton Festival, Minefield puts six Falkland/Malvinas veterans together on stage to tell their stories of what they call the last traditional war – that’s warfare with trenches and bayonets. When these men first met, their mission was to kill each other.

The backbone of the piece would be the personal testimonies of the men, but even those would be ordinary enough – it’s war, after all – without the incredible, and it is incredible, bond between these former enemies.

"I hated you and I wanted to kill you. Now, I love you. I’d like to buy you a beer." They talk through their experiences: sent to collect body parts from a minefield; shot a man who was trying to surrender. Ruben Otero was on the Belgrano when it was sunk outside the exclusion zone, accounting for just over half the Argentinian casualties of the entire conflict.

Otero is the drummer for the onstage band, and when he drums you feel the rage, grief and loss of each of those 323 souls, many young cadets, for an uncertain cause.

These six men do what men do best when they need to say something important. They talk, they cry, they rage, they tell jokes and dress up as women. They rock out. The show’s closing number "Have You Ever Been To War?" had the audience on their feet; not dancing, not cheering, but in silent, commemorative awe.

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